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Rival government moves to Tripoli

Fighting broke out between supporters of the rival governments in Libya on Tuesday. The interim government around Fathi Bashagha, appointed by parliament, had previously announced the move to the capital.

Libyan Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha has announced his move from the east of the country to the capital. Recording from March 30th.

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ela. Clashes broke out between armed groups in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Tuesday. This is reported by journalists from the Reuters news agency. Fighting is said to have broken out in the center of the city and at the port. Earlier, Fathi Bashagha’s government announced its move from the eastern Libyan city of Tobruk to Tripoli.

The government of Fathi Bashagha, which was appointed by parliament in February, has arrived in the capital Tripoli, accompanied by several ministers, to start work there, according to the local press service on Tuesday night.

Tripoli is the seat of the internationally recognized government of Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba. Dbaiba is still officially in office and only intends to step down once a government has been formed through popular elections. However, these elections have already been postponed several times.

Bashagha is supported by the influential General Khalifa Haftar. Haftar only attempted to take Tripoli by force in 2019. Bashagha is to replace Dbaiba, who has been in charge of the government in Tripoli since 2020 and can rely on the UN and several western countries.

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