| 5 March 2024, Tuesday |

Libya’s Dbeibah Says Will Only Leave Post Through Elections

Head of Libya’s Government of National Unity (GNU) Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah declared that he will only hand over power to a successor when elections are successfully held.

Speaking at a forum in the capital Tripoli on Saturday, he added that Libya “will not be divided” and there “can only be one state.”

“God brought me to head the government,” he went on say.

He continued: “I love this country and I am working for it and its people. My motto is ‘no to wars and conflicts’.”

Moreover, he alleged that the parliament had “lost its legitimacy years ago.”

“We don’t want another period of transition,” Dbeibah urged.

He suggested that a referendum be held over the constitution “since it is the guide of the people.”

He declared that he will “only leave his seat in power to whoever wants to serve the people.”

“The people must decide who they want to lead them. We will accept any laws as long as they are fair,” he went on to say.

On whether he will run in the elections, he revealed he will have to consult his family and wife first. He also noted that the “rules of the political real have not really been approved for him to declare whether he will run or not.”

On the possibility that Seif al-Islam al-Gaddafi, the son of slain leader Moammar, will run, Dbeibah said he has “no problem” with his candidacy “if the Libyan people agree to it and if there are no legal impediments.”

  • Asharq Al-Awsat