Parliament Speaker Aguila Saleh said that the vote to choose one of them as prime minister will take place, Thursday, following consultations with the Supreme Council of State, an advisory body based in the capital, Tripoli.
The efforts to replace Dabaiba stem from Libya’s failure to hold the first presidential elections during his tenure, which dealt a severe blow to international efforts aimed at ending a decade of chaos in the oil-rich Mediterranean country.
On the other hand, the House of Representatives unanimously approved a draft decision of the “Roadmap Committee”, whose first article states that “electoral elections shall be held within a period not exceeding 14 months from the date of the constitutional amendment,” the country’s interim constitution.
During the session, which was attended by 116 deputies, Fathi Bashagha, the former Minister of the Interior and a candidate for the presidential elections, presented his government program, which is based on “overcoming financial, security and technical obstacles before the Electoral Commission, to conduct presidential and parliamentary elections in accordance with the road map.”
Seven candidates submitted their papers to the House of Representatives to take over the prime ministership, but 5 of them were excluded because the conditions did not meet their requirements.
Bashagha pledged before the deputies that he would not run in the presidential elections if he was chosen as prime minister, stressing his determination to embark on a broad program of “national reconciliation” and to reject differences.
He also stressed the importance of collecting weapons, providing job opportunities for young people, and preserving Libyan national sovereignty.
Bashagha, who is more likely than his rival to head the government, accused the interim government led by Abd al-Hamid al-Dabaiba of corruption and working to spoil the elections.
He said, “It is not possible for an authority to fight corruption while it practices corruption,” vowing that he and the members of the government that he would form if assigned to this task, would waive any “judicial immunity” in order to make room for accountability in the event of negligence or involvement in corruption.
The House of Representatives announced last week its intention to choose a new prime minister, in a mechanism that may contribute to deepening the division and exacerbating the struggle for power.
After years of battles and power struggles between two authorities in the east and west of the country, a unified government was formed a year ago in a political process sponsored by the United Nations in order to get Libya out of the chaos that followed the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in 2011.
And set the task of this government to lead the transitional phase until the holding of presidential and legislative elections that were initially scheduled for December 24, before they could not be held due to differences between the Libyan parties.
Dabaiba had rejected the House of Representatives’ intention to choose a new prime minister, describing the move as a “desperate individual” attempt, stressing his government’s determination to continue its work until power is handed over to a government that emerged from the elections.
The House of Representatives considers that the Dabaiba government has become “out of office” due to the postponement of the elections and stresses the need to form a new government.
The United Nations mission to Libya supports setting the House of Representatives as a new date for the elections, which faltered, instead of forming a new government that would prolong the transitional period in the country.