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Libya’s Bashagha says he will enter Tripoli peacefully within days

Libya’s Bashagha says he will enter Tripoli peacefully within days

ANGUS MCDOWALL LIBYA'S Fathi Bashagha, who was appointed prime minister by the eastern-based parliament this month, expects to take over government in Tripoli in the coming days without using force, he told Reuters, amid a weeks-long standoff between rival factions. Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who was made interim prime minister a year ago in a U.N.-backed process, has refused to cede power to Bashagha after a planned election collapsed in December and remains ensconced in the capital, backed by some armed groups. After the election process fell apart, the parliament said Dbeibah's government had expired and selected Bashagha to head a new…
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U.N. warns of risks from Libya crisis

U.N. warns of risks from Libya crisis

THE crisis over control of executive power in Libya could lead to instability and parallel governments, the U.N. political affairs chief told the Security Council. "Libya is now facing a new phase of political polarisation, which risks dividing its institutions once again and reversing the gains achieved over the past two years," Rosemary DiCarlo said. Libya's political crisis has escalated since the collapse of a scheduled election in December that was planned as part of a peace process to reunify the country after years of chaos and war following a 2011 NATO-backed uprising. The parliament declared the interim unity government…
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Libya ministers released as political factions jostle for power

Libya ministers released as political factions jostle for power

LIBYA'S new parliament-backed government said that an armed group linked to rival authorities had released two of its ministers held against their will, but tensions remained high between political factions. The office of Fathi Bashagha, the parliament's choice for prime minister, had said the two ministers were held on Thursday as they travelled by road to the swearing-in of his cabinet in the east of the country after domestic flights were grounded. Airports said flights had resumed on Friday and Bashagha's office said the two men, his foreign minister and culture minister, were freed. The armed group could not be…
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Libya crisis worsens as rival government takes oath

Libya crisis worsens as rival government takes oath

A standoff between two rival governments in Libya worsened with the risk of fighting or territorial division as the parliament in the east swore in a new administration while the incumbent in Tripoli refused to cede power. Addressing the parliament after taking the oath of office, Fathi Bashagha said he was studying all options to take over in Tripoli. The present prime minister there, Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, has said he will not hand over control. Armed groups affiliated with both sides have mobilised in the capital and foreign forces, including from Turkey and Russia, remain entrenched in Libya nearly 18 months…
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Libyan interior minister restored to post after talks

Libyan interior minister restored to post after talks

LIBYA’S internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Thursday restored the interior minister to his post after announcing his suspension last week following protests over living conditions. Fathi Bashagha said in a statement posted online that he had been reinstated after a five-hour hearing about the protests and the role of the security forces. An influential figure from the port city and military power base of Misrata, Bashagha is well regarded by the GNA's foreign backers and played a central role as it repelled a 14-month assault on Tripoli by eastern-based forces. However, there have been longstanding tensions between…
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Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests

Influential Libyan interior minister suspended amid protests

THE head of Libya's internationally recognised government has suspended his powerful interior minister from his duties, saying his handling of street protests and a violent crackdown against them would be investigated. The move coincides with reports of growing friction between Fayez al-Sarraj, Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), and Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, an influential figure from the port city and military power base of Misrata. Bashagha, who was nominated in 2018, played a central role during a 14-month offensive on Tripoli by eastern-based forces that the GNA repelled in June with military support from Turkey.…
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Libyan interior minister escapes shooting attack on motorcade in Tripoli

Libyan interior minister escapes shooting attack on motorcade in Tripoli

GUNMEN opened fire on the motorcade of Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha in the capital Tripoli yesterday but he escaped unharmed, a source close to Bashagha said. The assailants fired heavily on Bashagha's convoy as he drove through western Tripoli after visiting the National Oil Corporation and the headquarters of the ministry's law enforcement force, the source said. Bashagha's guards exchanged fire with the attackers before pursuing them, killing one, injuring another and arresting two, according to the source. The attack comes as the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), in which Bashagha serves, prepares to make way for…
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