Prime Minister-designate of the east-based House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha, was forced to leave Tunis after being informed that he could not carry out his political activities there, the Africa Intelligence wrote on Friday.
As the Africa intelligence put it, "diplomatic relations between Bashagha and Tunisia took a turn for the worse," citing that for several months he had been making frequent trips to the Tunisian capital (his recent arrival was on April 17), however, he was asked not to use Tunisia as a rear base for his political ambitions.
According to the website, Bashagha, who left Tunisia for Benghazi on April 19, is looking for a way to enter Tripoli following his election last February in alliance with Parliament Speaker Aqila Saleh and Khalifa Haftar. His plan, however, seems to be far-fetched due to the support PM Dbeibah enjoys from the armed factions based in Tripoli.
It also indicated that a rumor that Bashagha and his supporters were about to try to reach the capital from the Tunisian-Libyan border post of Dehiba alarmed both the Tunisian security services and Dbeibah."
"As a result of this, on 16 April, Dbeibah summoned the Tunisian ambassador to Tripoli, Saad al-Ajili, to discuss border security issues."
Africa Intelligence says the incident reflects the rapprochement between Tunisian President Kais Saied and Prime Minister Dbeibah.
"The Tunisian president needs to maintain cordial relations with the authorities in Tripoli. Above all, he is committed to the same line as his Algerian counterpart Abdelmadjid Tebboune," the news outlet said.