Libya: Parliament suspends rival eastern-based PM Bashagha

Source: Al Jazeera [Qatar state media]

“Libya’s eastern-based parliament has voted to suspend its appointed Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha, and assign his finance minister Osama Hamada to his duties. Parliament spokesperson Abdullah Belhaiq announced the suspension of Bashagha, who is a rival to the prime minister of the UN-recognised Government of National Unity (GNU), on Tuesday. The eastern-based parliament appointed Bashagha last year but he has proven unable to enter the capital Tripoli or take over from Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah, who has rejected his appointment. … Libya has been split between rival administrations based in the east and the west of the country since 2014, each backed by an array of militias and several regional powers.” (05/16/23)