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Clashes in Tripoli and Dabaiba confirm: There is no alternative to organizing elections

A Libyan military source told Al Jazeera that clashes erupted between the “General Security Service” and the “Criminal Investigation Service-Gharbia Branch” at the “Gabion Gate” west of the capital, Tripoli, and for his part, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba, stressed the need to organize the elections.

Military clashes erupted in the western side of Tripoli – according to what a military source explained to the island – due to a dispute over a security position in the area, in which light and medium weapons were used.

The military source confirmed that these clashes stopped after the intervention of the forces of the 111th Brigade of the Government of National Unity, in order to resolve the conflict between the two parties.

Last month, the capital witnessed violent clashes between forces loyal to the internationally recognized Government of Nationality, and forces loyal to the government of Fathi Bashagha, appointed by the House of Representatives in Tobruk. These clashes have left several dead and wounded.

The Bashagha government insists on entering Tripoli and working from it, while the unity government headed by Dabaiba stresses that it will only hand over power to an elected government.

Yesterday, Thursday, Dabaiba said, “We cannot forget what happened last August 27 of the crime against the people, with the group attempting to seize power by force,” pledging to the families of the victims to “hunt down the criminals and bring them to justice.”

Dabaiba affirmed his government’s “adherence to the elections,” considering them “the only option to cross towards stability.”

Constitutional rule

During a speech during the cabinet meeting in Tripoli on Thursday, Dabaiba renewed “the call of the presidents of the House of Representatives and the state, Aguila Saleh and Khaled Al-Mashri, to approve a constitutional rule as soon as possible.”

Dabaiba said, “Alternative solutions must be considered, in the event that a constitutional rule is not approved,” commenting, “We will not leave the country’s future hanging because of a dispute over one or two articles.”

He pointed out that the international community has become more understanding of the need to find a way to hold elections in the country.

Since the beginning of the year, Libyans have been waiting for the parliament and the state to agree on a constitutional basis that would lead to parliamentary and presidential elections.

The incompatibility of the two councils led to the postponement of the elections that were scheduled for the end of last year for the same reasons. The root of the dispute is the lack of understanding about the conditions for candidacy for the presidency, especially the candidacy of military personnel and dual nationals, which is supported by the House of Representatives and rejected by the State Council.

Source: Aljazeera

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