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Armed Clashes in Near Future Ruled Out in Libya

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Benghazi, April 11 – Fathi Bashagha, head of the Libyan National Stability Government operating in Sirte, told the News Agency that he ruled out the possibility of armed clashes in the country in the near future.
Libya currently has two unrecognized governments. The first – supported by the United Nations, headed by Abd al-Hamid Dabaiba, operates in Tripoli, and the second – enabled by the Libyan House of Representatives (Parliament) – is located in Sirte. It is headed by the former head of the Ministry of Interior in the Government of National Accord, Fathi Bashagha. In February 2022, the parliament sitting in eastern Libya voted to nominate Bashaji for the post of prime minister, and the Libyan National Army also supported him. But the head of the national unity government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, previously stated that he would not transfer power until the presidential elections, which turned into a dual power in the country. In May last year, Bashagha announced, after a failed attempt to locate the Council of Ministers in Tripoli, that the government would begin work in the city of Sirte.
“We rule out that there will be any armed clashes in the near future, especially if there is an international and national will to find a just and comprehensive solution to the Libyan crisis, which would put an end to this absurdity in confronting a parallel authority in Tripoli.”

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Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General Abdullah Batili said in March that a roadmap for holding elections in Libya, which has not happened since the election of a transitional authority in the country under the auspices of the United Nations in 2021, could be developed by the middle of the year. -June. The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General indicated that if it is adopted, elections can be held at the end of 2023.
After the overthrow and assassination of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, Libya ceased to function as a single country. The past few years have witnessed a confrontation in the country between the authorities in Tripoli, in the west of the country, and the authorities in eastern Libya, with the support of the Libyan National Army led by Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar. In 2021, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum was held in Geneva under the auspices of the United Nations, and elected the Libyan transitional executive authority until the general elections that have not yet taken place.

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