Military Situation In Libya On February 21, 2022 (Map Update)

Click to see full-size image On February 10, the House of Representatives and the Supreme Council of Libya announced Fathi Bashagha as Prime Minister of Libya; On February 21, Acting Prime Minister, appointed by the House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha has declared that the handover of power to the government of former Prime Minister Dbeiba will take place under peaceful conditions; On February 16, Turkey’s President Erdogan said Turkey supports elections that will ensure a peaceful future for Libya, opposing the idea of an interim administration in the country. MORE ON THE TOPIC: No Peace For Libya. Dbeibah Offside, Bashaga Will Be The New Premier Military Situation In Libya On February 2, 2022 (Map Update) The post Military Situation In Libya On February 21, 2022 (Map Update) appeared first on South Front.

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Libya: Dispute over presidency between Bashagha, Dbeibeh    

Uncertainty and anticipation have characterised the political landscape in Libya after parliament assigned Fathi Bashagha as the new head of government. The High Council of State in Libya announced yesterday that a session will be held today to listen to the new head of government's agenda amid a state of anticipation and looming political division. Meanwhile, Head of the Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh remains in his current position. The Tobruk-based Council of Deputies voted on Thursday for former Minister of the Interior Bashagha as the new head of government. Bashagha called on the GNU to adhere to democracy and the peaceful transfer of power, while Dbeibeh stressed that he is preparing an initiative to solve the […]

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Sisi and Macron discuss developments in Libya

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Friday discussed recent developments and the concerted efforts to achieve security and stability in Libya. This came during their meeting in Brest, France, as part of the Egyptian president's participation in the One Ocean summit relating to environmental issues, according to a statement by the Egyptian presidency. This took place a day after the Tobruk-based Council of Deputies appointed former Libyan Minister of the Interior Fathi Bashagha as head of government to serve as PM instead of Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh. During the meeting, the two sides discussed “developments on a number of regional issues of common interest, in particular, the developments in Libya,” according to the same statement. The […]

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Libya's Haftar welcomes parliament's choice of Fathi Bashaga as new PM

Libya's renegade General Khalifa Haftar has welcomed the east-based parliament's decision to appoint Fathi Bashaga as the new prime minister. The Tobruk- based House of Representatives in eastern Libya said its decision yesterday followed the failure of Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, the incumbent prime minister, to hold elections in December, something that was agreed to under a UN-brokered peace process. The move came hours after an assassination attempt on Dbeibah, whose vehicle came under attack in the capital Tripoli. He escaped unharmed. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Haftar, said the new government must work with the regular military and security authorities in order to “protect the sovereign state institutions from the blackmail and domination of outlaws, and to support the efforts of the Joint Military Committee (5 + […]

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Libya parliament picks Bashagha as PM, spokesperson says

Libya's parliament spokesman said the chamber has today selected a new prime minister after one of the two candidates withdrew, a move that may trigger a new political struggle with the incumbent refusing to step down, Reuters reports. A video showed parliament members raising their hands when asked to support Fathi Bashagha, a former interior minister, to head a new interim government, but it was not clear if any formal vote had actually taken place. The parliament is seeking to take control of Libya's political future after the collapse of an election that was planned for December, saying Dbeibah's interim government is no longer valid and pushing any new election back until next year. Dbeibah said on Tuesday he would cede power only to an […]

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Libya's Dbeibah: the ambitious politician 

A move by Libya's parliament to oust Interim Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah, who had promised not to use his stand-in position for political advancement, is testament to his success in doing just that. A reported assassination attempt on Dbeibah overnight came a day after he vowed not to cede power to any new government without national elections. The 62-year-old emerged last year as a surprise choice to lead a UN-backed political transition, accepting a condition that he would not use the political benefits of that office to run for president when other potential candidates were denied them. Yet as prime minister, Dbeibah courted almost all sections of Libya's fragmented political scene, pledging funds to forgotten towns, offering cash for newlyweds and striking deals […]

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Libya: prime minister survives assassination attempt

Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Al-Dbeibeh survived an apparent assassination attempt earlier today according to sources close to him. He managed to escape unharmed after assailants opened fire at his car in the capital Tripoli as he was returning home. The gunmen fled the scene and an investigation has been launched. The incident happened hours before the country's eastern-based parliament was scheduled to vote to replace Dbeibeh with a new prime minister. The attack also follows his stated intention earlier this week that he would defy the planned vote, insisting that his government remains legitimate. “I will not allow new transitional periods,” insisted Dbeibeh said on Tuesday. “We will not retreat from our role in government that we pledged to […]

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'I will leave no stone unturned', vows UN Advisor after returning to Libya

The reappointment, earlier last December, of Stephanie Williams as Special Advisor on Libya to the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, came at a critical moment for the political process in Libya. The election date of 24 December was fast approaching, while everything on the ground was pointing to the polls being delayed. Her arrival in Libya, six days after her appointment, is only another indication of the urgency of the situation in the country. By 23 December, Libya's electoral commission announced that it was delaying the presidential polls, while proposing 24 January as a new election date. However, even that was missed and a new date is yet to be agreed upon. Mrs. Williams, after all, is credited with bringing […]

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Renewed scrutiny on Europe's border push backs following death of 19 refugees in Turkey

As hundreds took to the streets in Athens and Istanbul over the weekend to protest the Greek's government's role in the death of 19 refugees, the controversial pushback policy used across Europe is under renewed scrutiny. Last week the migrants' bodies were found at the Turkish border town of Ispala in the Erdirne Province of north-western Turkey. They had been stripped of their clothes and shoes and had frozen to death as the worst snowstorm in a decade hit the two countries. Turkish authorities said Greek border guards had pushed them back over the border as they tried to enter Europe, a systematic practice which Athens has become infamous for, and which the global crisis information source, ReliefWeb, notes is […]

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Libya PM says he will defy parliament move to replace him

Libya's interim Prime Minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibah, said he would defy a planned vote in parliament to replace him on Thursday, raising the prospect of two rival governments running in parallel, Reuters reports. Dbeibah has repeatedly said the transitional Government of National Unity (GNU) that he heads remains valid, despite the collapse in December of a planned election process, and has rejected moves by the parliament to take control of it. “I will not allow new transitional periods. We will not retreat from our role in government that we pledged to the people until elections are achieved,” Dbeibah said in a speech on Tuesday. At stake is a UN-backed peace process, including a ceasefire that has held since summer 2020, with […]

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Libya: army hails Turkiye's role in training its personnel

The Libyan army, on Tuesday, commended the role of Turkiye in training the Libyan army personnel, Anadolu News Agency reports. “We extol the good level of training after implementing the training plan drafted jointly with the Turkish support mission in Libya,” Nouri Al-Shenouk, Director of Training in the Libyan Army, said during a graduation ceremony attended by Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, and the head of the Turkish military mission in Libya, Osman Aytac. “The Turkish delegation played the biggest role in the training process,” Al-Shenouk added. For his part, Aytac said Ankara is keen on establishing peace and stability in Libya, adding that his mission seeks to raise the Libyan army's efficiency to international standards. On 27 November, 2019, […]

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Libya announces two candidates to run for prime minister 

Libyan Parliament Speaker, Aguila Saleh, yesterday announced two potential candidates for the position of prime minister. Speaking to parliamentarians, Saleh said “Fathi Bashagha and Khaled Amer Al-Bibas” would be suitable candidates, adding that voting would take place on 10 February. “I have received seven files to run for Prime Minister,” Saleh pointed out, stressing that only Bashagha and Al-Bibas' “fulfilling the required conditions.” Bashagha served as the interior minister for the internationally-recognised Government of National Accord – headed by Fayez Al-Sarraj – from 2018 to 2020. Al-Bibas served as chairman of the Board of Directors of an information and communications technology company in Tripoli. READ: Libyan parliament says no elections this year, moves to choose new PM

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UN warns Libyans against returning to 'discord and disarray'

The United Nations yesterday warned Libyans against returning to “discord and disarray” which prevailed across the country over the last decade, Anadolu reported. In a press conference held in New York, Farhan Haq, deputy spokesperson of the secretary-general, said: “Our Special Adviser, Stephanie Williams, is in touch with the parties and is trying to make sure that we do come out with a unified approach by the Libyan parties on the way forward, including with the elections.” Speaking to journalists after Libyan Parliament Speaker Aqila Saleh announced that a new prime minister would be chosen by parliament on Thursday, Haq said: “The entire point… The importance of the elections was so that there can be greater unification among the Libyan people, and we don't go back to the sort of discord and disarray that have marked, really, the past decade.” “The Secretary-General and Ms. Williams have both […]

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Libyan parliament says no elections this year, moves to choose new PM

Libya's eastern-based parliament said, on Monday, there would be no elections this year and it would choose a new interim prime minister on Thursday, potentially setting up a new factional struggle over control of government, Reuters reports. The parliament, which has been working on a political roadmap since the collapse in December of a planned election process amid disputes over the vote's rules and constitutional basis, voted on Monday to adopt the plan. The internationally recognised Government of National Unity (GNU), which was installed a year ago through a UN-backed peace process, says its mandate is still valid and that it has no intention of stepping aside. It is not yet clear whether that means Libya is moving towards a […]

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Italy: Release of fishermen in Libya made in return for restoring relations with Haftar

The release of the Sicilian fishermen in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi has taken place in exchange for restoring relations with the commander of the Libyan National Army (LNA), Khalifa Haftar, the Italian foreign minister announced yesterday. Luigi Di Maio denied recent media reports of a “prisoner exchange deal”, stressing that the rumours were “groundless”. “To release our fishermen, we were asked to release four smugglers, which was impossible,” Di Maio told reporters, referring to his recent visit to Benghazi with the Italian premier, Giuseppe Conte. “We had to re-establish relations with Haftar,” he added. “Italy has always had good relations with Haftar, and last year we both met nine times, but our relationship was cut for three months after his forces detained Sicilian fishermen on charges of penetrating Libyan territorial waters early last September,” he said. Italy recognises the legitimacy of the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which is backed by the United Nations. Libya to Italy: Seek France mediation to release captives from Haftar

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Russia FM: Libya warlord Haftar is ready to sign ceasefire agreement

The Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday that Libya’s renegade General Khalifa Haftar was ready to sign a

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