Libya appoints envoys to Qatar after six years

Libya has appointed an ambassador to Qatar for the first time in six years, sources said on Tuesday.

Mohamed al-Lafi, one of the celebrities in the western city of al-Zawiyah, was named ambassador to the Gulf nation, the source told Anadolu Agency (AA).

Al-Lafi has been a delegate to the UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum since 2020, which contributed to the formation of the current interim executive branch in Libya.

He also held various government positions, including the Chief of Staff of the Supreme Government and the Deputy Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government.

In July last year, Qatar appointed Khaled al-Dosari as its ambassador to Libya for the first time since 2014 following the closure of its embassy in the wake of the emergence of rival administrations in the oil-rich country.

Libya had meanwhile not had an ambassador to Qatar since October 2016.

Libya is witnessing a deep political divide when the Tobruk-based parliament on Thursday gave confidence to a new government led by former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha while Abdul Hamid Dbeibah insists on continuing his post and duties as prime minister.

As a result of disagreements over the electoral law and the role of the judiciary in the electoral process, it was not possible to hold presidential and parliamentary elections scheduled for 24 December 2021.

The Dbeibah government warned that it would view any attempt to storm its headquarters as an “attack on the government.”

Dbeibah came to power based on the results of the Libyan Dialogue Forum, which set the term of office of the Transitional Authority at 18 months, which runs until June 24.

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