Libya – Tripoli, the capital of the oil-rich North African country of Libya witnessed hundreds of civilians on to its streets protesting against the decision of lawmakers to pass a no-confidence vote in the transitional government. The Friday protests were triggered by the motion passed on Tuesday by the country’s lawmakers that has some grave ramifications. The motion has cast a shadow on planned December elections in the country, thereby impeding attempts to restore peace and unite the African country that is suffering through a decade-long tumult.
Protesters in large scores gathered at a central square in Tripoli holding Libyan flags up high. They chanted of disagreeing with the decision, demanding to overturn of the motion. They also called for the resignation of the House of Representatives based in the east.
The country lurched into chaos and political mayhem after the 2011 uprising that was backed by NATO toppled and killed Libya’s longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Following that, the country’s governance was split into two – in the east it was backed by commander Khalifa Hifter and in Tripoli a U.N.-supported administration. The current interim government was formed to prepare the North African nation for the December 24 elections. But the lawmakers and politicians in the country failed to reach a consensus about rules for the approaching elections. The move by the east Libya-based House of Representatives of passing no-confidence vote shows the rift between the country’s politicians is still deep-rooted to reach an agreement.
Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah has asserted that his government will not resign before designating power to elected officials. On Wednesday, east commander Hifter announced that he was suspending his duties as his self-styled Libyan army leader for the next three months. This can transcribe that he is planning to run for President of Libya in the December elections.
Dinah, an influential businessman from the western city of Misrata, earlier this year was appointed to lead the executive branch of an interim government that also comprises of a three-member Presidential Council chaired by Mohammad Younes Menfi, a Libyan diplomat from the east.
International pressure is mounting to conduct the Libyan elections. The commitment to hold elections in Libya was reaffirmed on Friday by foreign ministers of Germany, Italy, and France on the sidelines of UNGA (United Nations General Assembly). France has announced that in November it will be holding a conference in Libya over the December elections.