A new government in Libya can only be declared after holding elections and with the will of the people, former United Nations Special Envoy, Jan Kubis, said on Sunday.
Kubis told Daily Sabah in an exclusive interview that; “From my perspective, there is only one government in Libya, and that is the government led by Dbeibah.”
“That is the government that was internationally recognized, that took part in many international events and meetings and that was endorsed and obliged to do something for the country at different conferences including the Paris conference.”
Kubis added that; “All the participants at the Paris conference were very clear – a new government will come after elections in the country and will be the result of a legitimate process.”
“That is the line that I take, as endorsed by the whole international community, including the United Nations, European Union, including leading countries and including Turkey, which was there.”
“Two governments means conflict, chaos and works against the interests of Libya and works against the interests of having the elections as the only way that can bring a government through a legitimate process based on the votes of the people, empowered by the people,” Kubis continued.
In February, the country’s eastern-based House of Representatives named a new prime minister, former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, to lead a new interim government.
The lawmakers there claimed the mandate of interim Prime Minister, Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah, expired when the election failed to take place as planned in December. Dbeibah, however, remained defiant against replacing his government.
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