Fighting in Libya after announcement of entry of rival government in capital


The country has been unable to end a decade of political chaos and relentless conflicts since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.

Police officers at the entrance of a polling station in Tripoli on Sunday.AP
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The announcement of a parliament-appointed parallel government to the Libyan capital and backed by Marshal Khalifa Haftar has triggered intense conflict in Tripoli this Tuesday.

The government’s press service, approved by parliament, announced in a statement “the arrival of the Prime Minister of the Government of Libya, Fathi Bachagha, to begin his work with several ministers in the capital.”

capital-based government, led by abdelhamid dabibah and formed in early 2020 after a political process sponsored by the United Nations, did not immediately comment on these developments.

At dawn, soon after the announcement of the Bachagha government, Clashes between armed groups in the capital, confirmed an AFP reporter. Around 0700 local time (0500 GMT) gunshots were heard in the heart of the city.

The fall of the Libyan regime has resulted in a decade of political chaos and incessant conflicts unable to end Muammar Gaddafi In 2011, in the wake of the Arab Spring. This vast North African country of barely seven million inhabitants is vulnerable to insecurities, political divisions and rivalry between institutions in the east and west of its region.

in February, Parliament operating in the eastern part of the country appointed former interior ministerFathi Bachagha heads a new executive, backed by Marshal Haftar, a powerful eastern Libyan whose troops tried to conquer the capital in 2019. Led by businessman Dabibah, who has stated on several occasions that hand over power to only one elected government,

Formed in early 2020, the main mission of the Dabibah government was the organization of legislative and presidential elections in December 2021. But continuing disputes between local political bosses, particularly about the legal basis for this vote, Due to the indefinite postponement of these elections On which the international community hoped to restore stability in this North African country. Dbeba’s political rivals believe that his mandate ended with the election postponement.

Oil production, the main source of income for its economy, is once again the host of these political divisions. Wave of forced closure of oil fields. Believed to be closer to the eastern side, the groups at the core of these oil blockades demand a better distribution of income from the area, along with handing over power to Bachagha.

In late April, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution by the United Kingdom to extend the political mission to Libya for a further three months, despite the fact that Russia had refused to do so until a new envoy for the country was appointed. declined to elaborate.

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