BENGHAZI, Libya (AP) — Libyan lawmakers confirmed a newly appointed interim authorities on Wednesday, within the hopes it should assist unify the divided, war-wrecked North African nation, and shepherd it via to elections on the finish of the yr.
“It is a historic day,” declared parliament speaker Aguila Saleh on the finish of the voting session that befell amid worldwide strain on Libya’s stakeholders to assist a roadmap brokered in a U.N.-led course of late final yr.
He stated 132 lawmakers permitted the federal government of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, which replaces two rival administrations — one primarily based within the nation’s east and one other within the west — which were ruling Libya for years.
Dbeibah, a strong businessman from the western metropolis of Misrata, was appointed final month to steer the chief department of an interim authorities that additionally features a three-member Presidential Council chaired by Mohammad Younes Menfi, a Libyan diplomat from the nation’s east.
Their appointment caped months of U.N.-brokered multi-track talks that set a political roadmap to carry parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 24, a date Dbeibah pledged to respect following his affirmation.
He additionally vowed to keep away from having a repeat of battle and infighting in Libya. “The battle shouldn’t be repeated. We should always not kill one another once more,” he advised lawmakers.
Oil-rich Libya was plunged into chaos after a 2011 NATO-backed rebellion toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The nation has been divided between two governments, one within the east and one other within the west, every backed by an unlimited array of militias in addition to overseas powers.
The U.N. mission in Libya welcomed the affirmation of Dbeibah’s authorities. “Libya has now a real alternative to maneuver ahead in the direction of, unity, stability, prosperity, reconciliation and to revive absolutely its sovereignty,” it stated.
“Congratulations on the formation of an interim unity authorities to set the stage for elections in December,” tweeted U.S. Ambassador in Libya Richard Norland.
Wednesday’s vote got here after two-day heated deliberations in Sirte and every week after Dbeibah final week introduced his proposed Cupboard to Saleh, the speaker.
Dbeibah’s proposed Cupboard consists of 33 ministers and two deputy prime ministers who he stated are consultant of Libya’s totally different geographic areas and social segments.
The affirmation got here regardless of allegations of corruption at conferences of a U.N.-picked 75-member political dialogue discussion board that appointed Dbeibah and the three-member council. Dbeibah denied the allegations and known as for the U.N. to disclose the conclusions of its investigations.
The interim authorities faces towering challenges, primarily the dismantling of quite a few closely armed native militias and the presence of not less than 20,000 mercenaries and overseas fighters implicated within the nation’s chaos.
The parliament convened within the strategic metropolis of Sirte, the gateway to the nation’s main oil fields and export terminals that for some time was a stronghold for the Islamic State group. The town has been managed by forces of east-based army commander Khalifa Hifter since they seized it from the U.N.-supported authorities final yr throughout Hifter’s failed marketing campaign to take management of the capital, Tripoli.
Magdy reported from Cairo.