Libyan parliament meets for key vote on endorsing interim government

Members of Libya’s divided parliament are expected to vote on interim Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah’s new cabinet on Tuesday

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Libya’s parliament has gathered inside the city of Sirte for a significant vote on whether or not to approve a brand new acting unity authority destined to oversee long-delayed elections expected to be conducted on December 24 under a national timeframe. On Monday, above 130 legislators commenced debating to approve the cabinet formed by Abdelhamid Dbeibeh, who was elected as Libya’s interim Prime Minister at a dialogue forum backed by the United Nations in Geneva last month. His objective is the hard-hitting pursuit to prepare the nation for presidential and parliamentary elections in December.

Libya entered into chaos after the extended tenure of chief Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011 following a NATO-backed revolt that has seen resulted in rival forces fighting for energy resources within the oil-rich North African nation. The UN-supervised timeframe of ambitions to unite the nation, after an armistice was reached last October between forces loyal to the two rival administrations in the country, each sponsored by overseas powers. The interim authorities faced the overwhelming difficulty of addressing the grumbles of Libyans, from a dire financial disaster and perched unemployment to crippling inflation and wretched public providers. An interim three-member Presidential Council was elected together with Dbeibeh to move the country towards unity.

If deputies nose-dive to approve the federal government, a new vote is expected to happen. Dbeibeh has till March 19 to win approval for his proposed cabinet.

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