The United Nations has called for elections as the only solution to break the current impasse in Libya following violent clashes between two rival militias in the capital Tripoli, a few days ago, that killed at least 42 people and injured 159 others.
The intense fighting broke out in the early hours of August 27th and appeared to be another attempt by pro-Bashagha forces to enter the capital, according to Libyan authorities.
Fathy Bashagha was appointed Prime Minister by the Tobruk-based parliament in March.
”The ongoing stalemate and continued delays in implementing the electoral process pose a growing threat to security in and around Tripoli, and potentially to all Libyans,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Political and Peacebuilding Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo told the UN Security Council on Tuesday.
DiCarlo called on both parties to reach an agreement on a constitutional framework and a timeline for long-awaited elections that have been deadlocked since December 2021.
Libya was plunged into chaos since a NATO-backed uprising toppled and killed Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. The oil-rich nation has for years been split between rival administrations, each backed by militias and foreign governments.
The current stalemate grew out of failure to hold elections in December last year and the refusal of the UN-backed Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who led a transitional government, to step down.
In response, the country’s eastern-based parliament appointed a rival Prime Minister, Fathy Bashagha, who has for months sought to install his government in Tripoli.