UK reiterates stand on Dbeibah's government, Bashagha says 'its defending corruption'
The UK has reaffirmed its support for the ongoing political process in Libya, including the holding of prompt parliamentary and presidential elections.
In a statement Sunday, the British Embassy in Tripoli said it shares "the disappointment of the Libyan people that it was not possible to hold these elections on 24 December," and called on the relevant authorities to work on delivering these elections with minimal further delay.
The UK embassy was keen on reiterating its stand regarding the country's current authorities, insisting that the transfer of power from the present interim executive authority to its successor should be after announcing the results of parliamentary and presidential elections.
It also called on candidates holding roles in public institutions to continue their duty until the announcement of the electoral results to avoid the risk of slipping into conflict.
The embassy emphasized that the UK does not support any individual and supports the House of Representatives in its calls for the cooperation of all parties in creating the right conditions for elections as soon as possible.
Ex-interior minister and presidential candidate Fathi Bashagha appeared in a video clip criticizing in stark terms the UK for expressing support for Abdul Hamid Dbeibah's government, which Bashagha accuses of corruption.
"We want to ask Britain a question: why does the British government apply the best anti-corruption standards in its country and want to protect corruption in Libya? Why is Britain defending the government and financial institutions in Libya?” said, adding that corruption is leading Libya to bankruptcy.
However, observers believe that Bashagha is seeking to overthrow the government of Dbeibah by aligning with Khalifa Haftar, who launched a 16-month offense on Tripoli before last year’s ceasefire.
Bashagha was hoping to put Dbeibah out of the picture claiming that the government's authority expires on December 24, according to analysts.