Libyan Prime Minister urges citizens to go to the polls after no

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Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah called on Libyans to “go out and express their views”, after the Eastern Parliament withdrew the vote of confidence from his government.

His comments came in a speech alongside his attendance at a football match in Al-Zawiya, according to Libya’s government portal.

Following the House of Representatives’ decision to withdraw confidence from the government, the Prime Minister said this step was “invalid” because its procedures violate the constitutional declaration and the political agreement.

“No to war, no to division, yes to election,” Dbeibah said. “Our goal is to drive out the ghost of war forever.”

“We are strong with the unity and integrity of the country,” he added.

Dbeibah did not comment on the confidence of the House of Representatives from his government.

But he spoke to the Libyan people and said, “You have the word and the legitimacy.”

Tensions have risen between Parliament, the Prime Minister and the Unity Government regarding electoral powers and laws.

Tuesday’s decision by parliament threatens plans to hold parliamentary and presidential elections on December 24.

Last week, Libya’s speaker in the eastern parliament, Aguila Saleh, signed a law allowing a presidential election to take place in December, although another state body rejected this, saying the legislation was flawed. agreement in 2015, Saleh said he had unilaterally enforced the law by using powers he did not have to “prevent the upcoming elections with the intention of issuing a flawed law.”

At the same time, the putschist general Khalifa Haftar is still acting separately from the unity government, claiming that he is “commander-in-chief of the Libyan national army” and quarreling with the presidential council over competencies.

The presidential and parliamentary elections were mandated through a UN-backed political forum last year in a process that also led to the installation of a unity government in March.

Libya’s peace process has stalled since the unity government was installed, in the midst of waiting to agree on how elections will be held and over a unified budget, and there are doubts whether the elections will take place.

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