A delegation representing Libya’s national unity government led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh arrived in eastern Benghazi on Tuesday to complete the handover of power by the so-called interim government of Abdullah Al-Thani .
After years of conflict, the Dbeibeh government took power on March 10. Before that, there was an internationally recognized government in the capital, Tripoli, and another in the east led by Al-Thani.
A source in Benghazi said Anadolu that the delegation representing the new Libyan government included Deputy Prime Ministers Hussein Atiya Al-Qatrani and Ramadan Boujnah, as well as some anonymous ministers. The source added that Al-Thani’s government, which is backed by the Tobruk parliament, will hand over power to the delegation, but gave no further details.
Last Tuesday, the head of the Presidential Council of the Government of National Accord, Fayez Al-Sarraj, handed over power to Dbeibeh at the GNA headquarters in Tripoli.
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On February 5, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) under the auspices of the United Nations elected a unified executive authority, which includes Dbeibeh’s government and a presidential council headed by Muhammad Al-Manfi. They are accused of leading Libya to parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for December 24.
Libyans hope the unified authority will help end years of armed conflict, which stemmed from Khalifa Haftar’s dispute with the internationally recognized GNA over legitimacy and power in the oil-rich country.