Al-Mishri calls on Libya’s rival prime minister to accept change

Khalid al-Mishri, the chairman of Libya’s Supreme Prime Minister, called on rival Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha to resign, while urging Tripoli-based Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah to accept change, as France urged all parties to refrain from violence.

Al-Mishri noted that Bashagha tried to form his government in Tripoli in a fait accompli, as he said he rejected the attempt.

Al-Mishri accused Bashagha and Dbeibah of refusing to hold elections even after five years, saying he urges the former to submit his resignation and Dbeibah to accept change.

“We must reach an agreement on a small-scale government whose sole purpose is to hold elections based on the constitution,” al-Mishri said.

He went on to say that the Dbeibah government cannot hold elections because it only has control over Tripoli and certain cities in Libya.

At the same time, France called on all parties in Libya to respect the ceasefire agreement and to refrain from all violence.

The French Foreign Ministry said Paris was urging Libyan stakeholders to engage in a genuine dialogue with a view to reaching a lasting political solution.

The Ministry emphasized that efforts for a political solution must include open and impartial presidential and parliamentary elections.

For more than two months, there have been two governments struggling for power in Libya – the Government of National Unity (GNU) led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah and the other appointed in early March by the Tobruk-based House of Representatives.

On Tuesday, clashes broke out in Tripoli when Bashagha tried to enter the Libyan capital to take control of Dbeibeh.

Bashagha eventually left the capital and announced later in the day that he would base his government in the city of Sirte.

Dbeibah has previously said that he would only hand over authority to a government that comes through an “elected parliament”, which raises fears that the oil-rich country could slip back into a civil war.

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