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Libya: The government of Bashagha will exercise its functions from the city of Sirte

AA / Moataz Wanis

The Libyan Prime Minister appointed by the House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha, has said that his government will exercise its functions from the city of Sirte (center) if there is a risk of clashes when entering the capital, Tripoli.

This is what emerges from a speech he made on Wednesday at a ceremony held in the “Ouagadougou” complex in Sirte, and broadcast by Libyan satellite channels.

Bashagha clarified that his government wishes “to carry out his duties from the capital, Tripoli, without shedding a single drop of blood, but if there is a risk of this happening, he will carry out his duties from the city of Sirte. “.

And to add: “Sirte is located in the center of Libya and connects the east of the country with the west and the south, and it is a city that does not experience tensions or hostilities with the rest of the cities. Libyans.”

“The conflict raging in Libya opposes countries which confront each other on the ground, and each of which pursues its own interest (…) Our disagreements do not exceed 20%, and whatever the differences between Libyans, we We will find each other, because our reference is the homeland,” he continued.

Fathi Bashagha adds: “We have launched a dialogue initiative aimed at overcoming differences, reunifying Libyans, ending the conflict and ensuring the peaceful transfer of power, to contain all parties without resorting to force.”

“The government of Abdelhamid Dbeibeh, whose mandate has expired, has blocked all the avenues leading to the elections (…) This government is only concerned with staying in power as long as possible”, explains Bashagha.

And to scold his adversary: ​​”The reason for the failure of the elections is Dbaiba’s failure to respect the law which provides that a presidential candidate must submit his resignation or take leave three months before, while Dbeibeh has presented his candidacy much later, in violation of the electoral law.”

The Bashagha government held its first meeting on April 21 in Sabha (south) to discuss its program, given the fact that the government of national unity has not officially handed over power to it.

The House of Representatives entrusted Bashagha, at the beginning of February, with the mission of forming a government to succeed that of Dbeibeh, who refused to hand over power, except to a government resulting from a new parliament elected by the people.

This situation has generated a political crisis which raises fears of the country sliding towards a civil war.

**Translated from Arabic by Mourad Belhaj

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