U.S. House Voted On A Libyan Interim Government of National Unity While And Dabaiba Pledged To Deliver Libya To Safety

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El Sisi has received new Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Hamid Dbeibeh on Thursday in Cairo- press photo

CITY OF WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 10, 2021)—the U.S. Department of State “welcomed today’s vote of confidence by the House of Representatives in support of the slate of choices put forward by Interim Prime Minister-designate Abdulhamid Dabaiba for an interim Government of National Unity.  This is a milestone toward the fulfillment of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum’s Roadmap for an effective and unified interim Government of National Unity. We encourage this new leadership, upon assuming power, to take the necessary steps to ensure free and fair national elections on December 24 as a key step toward finalizing a political solution to end a decade of conflict.  A smooth and orderly transfer of authority to leaders elected by the Libyan people in these elections is critical to furthering Libya’s democratic process.

In addition to ensuring timely national elections, the new interim Government of National Unity will have the responsibility to implement the October 23 ceasefire agreement, provide essential public services, initiate a national program for reconciliation, and address the economic crisis.

In welcoming the vote in support of the interim Government of National Unity, we also acknowledge departing Prime Minister Fayez Sarraj’s key transitional role in bringing Libya to this next stage.  The United States calls on all sides to maintain this positive momentum and to support the full implementation of the Libyan ceasefire agreement, restore full respect for the UN arms embargo, and end foreign interference.  All Libyan and international actors should support these steps, including the immediate removal of all foreign forces and mercenaries.  The United States stands with the Libyan people as they work to establish lasting peace and security throughout their country.

Today, Prime Minister-designate of the new Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, pledged to work to achieve national reconciliation in Libya, adding “Libyans are one unit, one heart.”

He stressed that Libya should be a single, undivided unit. “With unity, we will deliver Libya to safety.”

In a speech after the Libyan parliament granted confidence to the new government, Dabaiba further noted that many entitlements are waiting for the Libyan parliament to be discussed, calling for an end to the period of division that Libya has witnessed.

Dbeibeh’s government won the parliament’s confidence on Wednesday by 132 votes.

Earlier, Speaker of Libya’s House of Representative, Aguila Saleh, arrived at the parliament to resume the parliament session to grant confidence to the National Unity Government.

Saleh asserted that Prime Minister-designate of the new Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdel Hamid Al-Dbaiba can present the full formation of the government with no vacancies, and Dbaiba stated that he is ready to change the ministers on whom the parliament has reservations.

On February 6, 2020, the Libyan delegates at the UN-facilitated talks had chosen Dbaiba as transitional prime minister, along with a three-member presidency council, to govern the war-ravaged North African country until December elections, Al Arabiya news channel reported.

Source: US Department of State and Egypttoday

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