Libyan Parliament Withdraws Confidence from Dbeibeh's Government
After just over a year in power, the Libyan parliament votes in favor of withdrawing the confidence from the Debeibeh-led national unity government.
The Libyan parliament passed Tuesday a no-confidence vote in Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh's government, Libya's unity government. This constituted a blow to the peace efforts and hopes in the war-torn country that has not known peace since the NATO military intervention that overthrew and killed former President Muammar Gaddafi.
According to a spokesman, the vote saw 89 out of Libya's 113 MPs voting to withdraw Parliament's confidence in the interim unity government.
The escalation came three months ahead of the December 24 legislative and presidential elections amid rising tensions between the government and the House of Representatives.
Earlier this month, Aguila Saleh, the speaker for Libya's parliament, ratified an electoral law regarding the presidential vote, which put him under fire for not presenting a final draft for the assembly to vote on.
Libya's upper house, the High Council of State, rejected Monday said legislation.
Khalid al-Mishri, the head of the High Council of State, rejected Monday legislation that he asserted had been passed "without a legal vote or consensus."
On the no-confidence vote, a spokesman said the HCS rejected it, asserting that it contravened an agreement signed in Skheirat, Morocco in 2015.
The government was an interim, transitional one, and it took office in February with a mandate of guiding the country to the December 24 elections. It came into power as part of a UN-led process established to curb violence in the country.
The government came into power five months after a ceasefire took place between Libya's rival camps after a long period of violence.