The east-based government, on Thursday, expressed its rejection of the UN Envoy Abdoulaye Bathily's move to exclude it from the new round of talks while inviting the Government of National Unity (GNU).

The parallel government, appointed by the House of Representatives (HoR), reiterated its refusal to involve the Presidential Council (PC) and the GNU in UN-led meetings aimed at discussing obstacles on the path to elections, citing that the two parties - PC and GNU- did not emerge from an elected body but came as a result of previous agreements, which "term and mandate have expired."

The parallel government, headed by Osama Hammad, accused the UN mission and its head of double standards when dealing with the Libyan issue, putting into question the will of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General and his ability to make the right decisions.

Hammad's government deemed Bathily "unfit" for managing the Libyan crisis and called for the appointment of a new envoy after he showed "bias towards one party over the other and entrenched division among Libyans." 

It affirmed its rejection of any dialogues involving "illegitimate institutions" that seized power by force of arms.

The rival government renewed its support for achieving the Libyans' right to elect their president and legitimate representatives without external dictates or internal corruption.

On Thursday, the UN mission in Libya said that Bathily requested the PC, HoR, the High Council of State, the GNU, and the military authority in the east to nominate their representatives that would participate in a preparatory meeting to discuss the agenda of a session intended to gather their leaderships.

In the preparatory session, the group will discuss the date, place, and agenda of the leaders' meeting and determine the outstanding issues facing the High National Elections Commission before implementing the election laws issued by the HoR.