Dbeibah says no hindrances to holding elections and new transitional periods are unlikely

Dbeibah says no hindrances to holding elections and new transitional periods are unlikely

October 27, 2022 - 20:54
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah stressed on Thursday that his government would not allow new transitional periods in Libya, saying in a cabinet meeting in Al-Aziziya town that "there's a need to hold elections and return the trust to the people."

Dbeibah said he is biased to the Libyan people in order to achieve their dream of reaching the elections, without any delusion, adding that his government wants elections and there is no path other than the vote, and blaming the political elite that have been in power for ten years for fighting for personal gain and allying for power when they feel in danger. He asked them to ally to the Libyan people to reach elections.

Dbeibah reminded his cabinet that they are holding their meeting in a building in Al-Aziziya which was domolished by war two years ago, referring to Khalifa Haftar's aggression on Tripoli in 2019.

Holding the meeting in Al-Aziziya has a symbolic meaning other than the damage from the war on Tripoli in 2019; which is the fact that the town has the headquarters of the Fourth Brigade of the Libyan Army, led by Major General Osama Juwaili, who is now loyal to the government of Fathi Bashagha.

Juwaili's forces participated in the clashes that took place in Tripoli in August between government forces and forces loyal to Bashagha, whose forces later withdrew from all headquarters in the vicinity of Tripoli and moved to the headquarters of the Fourth Brigade in Al-Aziziya.

Al-Aziziya is also considered, until very recently, the most important foothold for Bashagha's government in the western region, where vital camps for the forces loyal to him are located, so Dbeibah's holding of a meeting for his government in Al-Aziziya could be to send a message to his opponents that he regained control of their most prominent positions in the western region.