Divided opinions inside Libya after Bashagha’s government received confidence vote

After the parliament announced on Tuesday, the granting of confidence to the government cabinet put forward by Prime Minister-designate Fathi Bashagha, reactions were divided between supporters and opponents, with warnings against the consequences of this step.

The most prominent response came as expected from the unity government, which announced in a statement that it will continue its work until the completion of the elections next June, stressing that what the “Parliament” did was in violation of the constitutional declaration and a step that lacks legitimacy, accusing it of tampering and falsifying the results of the vote.

The Head of the High Council of State, Khaled Al-Mashri, indicated that “granting the parliament’s confidence in a new government is a violation of the political agreement, and that the High Council of State rejects the “unilateral” steps of the HoR.

The former Head of the High Council of State, Abd al-Rahman al-Swehli, confirmed the continuation of the national unity government in its tasks until the completion of the elections next June, adding that “the farce of Aqila Saleh Parliament has ended with another leap in the air, and nothingness is the same, in addition to fraud and flagrant manipulation that marred it.”

The Head of the Democratic Party, Mohammed Sowan, indicated that what is happening now is going on despite the difficult circumstances, sharp polarization, and mutual fears resulting from the previous stages of violent conflicts.

He added that this time it represents an attempt to restore to Libyans the political initiative and establish the correct legitimacy emanating from the Libyans; understand the main source of legitimacy, regardless of the fragility of the Libyan scene, the legitimacy that was derived from international recognition starting from 2014.

The former Libyan delegate to the United Nations, Ibrahim Dabbashi, praised the vote of confidence in the Bashagha government, and expressed his congratulations to “all Libyans for forming the first government by national consensus away from the interference of the United Nations and foreign powers.”

Dabbashi also called for “the new government to live up to the hopes placed on it and to succeed in reuniting the Libyans and bringing them to parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible.”

The writer and political researcher, Mohammed El-Jarih, confirmed that Fathi Bashagha “has now an opportunity to lead Libya to the elections after Abdul Hamid al-Dabaiba failed ,” adding at the same time that the method of forming the government does not bode well, but that Bashagha’s leadership may be different from that of Dabaiba, hoping he would constitute the difference between failure and success.

Differing reactions towards Bashagha’s government reflect divergent opinions regarding it and clearly show that the next government’s task will not be easy in light of the refusal of a number of political parties to recognize it. Will Bashagha succeed in paving the way for his government and achieving what he promised which the Dabaiba government was unable to achieve by leading the country to elections?

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