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Libya’s rival cabinet holds first meeting away from capital

Cairo ( Associated Press) — One of Libya’s rival administrations vowed to end political divisions for the first time in a southern province assembly on Thursday.

The meeting, away from the capital Tripoli, was the latest sign that Libya was mired in divisions, months after the UN-backed election that was supposed to unify the country in December failed to materialize.

In recent months, the oil-rich country has once again been divided between two administrations, one in Tripoli led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeba and the other by Fati Bashagha, a former interior minister, who was elected in February by the former-based parliament. Prime Minister was elected. ,

In a televised session, Bashagha sat down with his ministers.

“The era of corruption, anarchy and autocracy is over. Today marks the beginning of a new national era where all Libyans will unite to reform, rebuild and achieve justice,” Bashagha said in his opening statement.

In February, the east-based House of Representatives elected Bashagha to lead a new interim government. Lawmakers there claimed that the mandate of interim prime minister Dabibah, who is based in Tripoli, expired in December after elections did not go as planned.

However, Dabibah stood against attempts to replace his government. He said that he would hand over power only to an elected government.

Bashagha’s cabinet met at the gathering, more than 400 miles from the capital, Tripoli.

At the meeting, Bashagha’s cabinet outlined objectives and policies, including protecting the country’s southern borders and oil facilities.

Since his appointment, Bashagha has been unable to house his government in the capital, which is under the control of Dabiba and allied armed groups. Bashagh had repeatedly said that he would not enter Tripoli by force.

With the two leaders remaining in their positions, tensions have escalated and heavily armed militias have mobilized in the western region, including the capital.

Events have raised fears that fighting could return to Libya after a period of relative peace as the warring parties signed a UN-brokered ceasefire in late 2020.

The North African country has been devastated by conflict since the NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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