Misrata rejects Parliament decision to form 'parallel government'

Misrata rejects Parliament decision to form 'parallel government'

February 12, 2022 - 11:27
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Written By: SafaAlharathy

Voices denouncing the recent decision of the Tobruk-based parliament to form a new government are growing louder in Misrata, as the civilian and military components, besides the elders and social activists, declared their support for the existing authority and rejection of an unelected authority that would prolong the transitional stage.

In separate statements on Friday, the elders, notables, and military and civilian leaders affirmed their rejection of the House of Representatives' decision to "form a parallel government" to the Government of National Unity and called for the implementation of the roadmap agreed upon in Tunisia, which leads to an electoral process that Libyans had long waited.

The statements expressed bewilderment at the parliament's decision, which extended its mandate allowing a new transitional phase that would prolong the country's crisis.

Naming a parallel government violates the Constitutional Declaration, its amendments, and the Libyan Political Agreement says the group.

They also denounced what they called "the attempts to divide the city by using some of its people to implement a project to militarize the state and open the door for the "putschists" to take over Tripoli."

The statement underscored that the military forces in the city stand ready with the Libyan people to defend the legitimacy.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives named Fathi Bashagha as Prime minister and assigned him to form a new government within 15 days. HoR Spokesman Abdullah Belhaq said the House granted confidence to Fathi Bashagha as prime minister, with the unanimous consent of the representatives present in Thursday's session.