Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah escaped an assassination attempt on his convoy in Tripoli in the early hours of Thursday, a source close to the PM confirmed later.

The PM's vehicle was targeted by gunshots while on his way home, said the source, who described what happened as a clear assassination attempt.

He confirmed there were no injuries in the attack, but the offenders fled the scene, and the incident was referred for investigation.

On Tuesday, Dbeibah said in a speech delivered to the nation that he would only hand over power to an elected government and that he enjoys the support of the UN Special Adviser on Libya and western powers, who said the legitimacy of the Government of National Unity still exists.

On the other hand, the House of Representatives based in Tobruk in the eastern part of the country said there would be no elections this year, but the GNU is no longer legitimate, and it will hold a vote on Thursday to nominate a new prime minister to form another government.