HoR Speaker urges support for Bashagha's government to work outside Tripoli until it's "liberated"

HoR Speaker urges support for Bashagha's government to work outside Tripoli until it's "liberated"

September 08, 2022 - 20:30
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Written By: AbdulkaderAssad

The House of Representatives' (HoR) Speaker Aqila Saleh has called in a letter to the Arab League's Secretary General Ahmad Aboul Gheit for supporting the HoR and Fathi Bashagha's government, urging for supporting the government to work from outside Tripoli until the capital is "liberated from armed militias and gangs", as he put it.

He added that the HoR is the only "legitimate and elected body" in Libya that is recognized internationally and is working as per political agreement and constitutional declaration.

Saleh said Bashagha's government will be tasked with the same work as per the political agreement, saying the support of some countries for keeping Dbiebah's government in place is a support for armed militias.

Observers believe that Saleh's use of "liberating Tripoli" is a hint at the return of war as it comes amid the continued tension in western Libya between forces loyal to Dbeibah's government and those affiliated with Bashagha positioned on the outskirts of Tripoli.

Saleh's statement came a day after Khalifa Haftar's statement in which he said he wasn't content with what Libya had become and that his forces were ready to liberate the country from "germs", reusing the term "fighting terrorism" as he did in all of his previous wars in Benghazi, Derna, south Libya, and finally in Tripoli in 2019.