Hundreds protest against no-confidence vote in Libya govt

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Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Friday to protest the country’s lawmakers’ decision to pass a motion of no confidence in the transitional government.

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The resolution passed on Tuesday represents a challenge to elections due in December and hinders efforts to unify the oil-rich North African nation after a decade of turmoil.

Demonstrators wave Libyan flags in a central square in Tripoli, saying the decision did not represent them and should be reversed. He called upon the members of the former House of Representatives to step down.


Libya’s current transitional government replaced two rival administrations – one located in the east of the country and the other in the west – that had ruled Libya for years. Its main goal is to prepare the country for elections by December 24. But politicians have failed to finalize election laws that set out how the vote will be conducted.

Oil-rich Libya had fallen into chaos after the 2011 NATO-backed insurgency and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi. Subsequently, the nation split between a government in the east, supported by Commander Khalifa Hifter, and a United Nations-backed administration in the capital of Tripoli. Each side also enjoys the support of various regional powers.

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Many have seen the elections as a step to end the division of the country. But this move by the House of Representatives in the east shows that tensions remain.

On Wednesday, Hifter announced that he was suspending his role as leader of his self-styled Libyan military for the next three months – a sign that he plans to run for president in December’s elections.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dabibah has vowed that his government will not step down before power is handed over to elected officials. The House of Representatives said after its decision that the current government could act as a caretaker administration, but gave no deadline for the appointment of a second government before elections later this year.

Dabibah, a powerful businessman from the western city of Misrata, was appointed earlier this year to head the executive branch of an interim government that also includes a three-member presidential council headed by Mohamed Yunus Menfi, a Libyan diplomat from the country’s east. .

International pressure is also mounting for Libyans ahead of the December deadline for elections.

On Friday, the foreign ministers of France, Germany and Italy met on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to discuss Libya and reaffirmed their commitment to the vote on the scheduled date, according to a UN statement. Menfi announced in a speech to the assembly that the government would hold an international conference next month to try to keep the political process on track, without giving further details. France has announced that it will host a conference on Libya in November about the elections.


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