PM Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh’s journey to Benghazi deliberate for Monday known as off after gunmen cease delegation on the airport.
A Libyan cupboard assembly within the metropolis of Benghazi was postponed after gunmen loyal to renegade navy commander Khalifa Haftar prevented a authorities delegation from coming into town.
Armed males and civilians loyal to Haftar stopped the safety element of Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh after their airplane landed at Benina Airport on Sunday, sources informed Al Jazeera.
The delegation – which was compelled to fly again to the capital Tripoli – was planning to arrange for the primary go to to Benghazi by Dbeibeh since he assumed workplace in March. The assembly deliberate for Monday aimed to show the unity authorities’s progress in ending years of division between warring factions.
One supply, who spoke on situation of anonymity, informed Al Jazeera the delegation included numerous safety officers, the prime minister’s bodyguards and different authorities workers.
Mohamed Hamouda, a spokesman for Dbeibeh’s interim authorities, mentioned in a social media publish on Sunday the deliberate go to to the nation’s east had been postponed, however he supplied no particulars.
Preparations had been beneath strategy to reschedule the journey, Hamouda mentioned.
Dbeibeh had beforehand introduced his intention to carry cupboard conferences in numerous cities throughout the nation, most notably in Benghazi – Libya’s second-largest metropolis and one in every of Haftar’s strongholds.
The incident underscores the continued friction between rival camps in Tripoli within the west and Benghazi within the east – the stronghold of Haftar’s Libyan Nationwide Military (LNA).
Rival administrations had been fashioned within the west and east in 2014, additional dividing a rustic already beset by chaos and violence that adopted the 2011 NATO-backed rebellion in opposition to chief Muammar Gaddafi.
Dbeibeh was appointed in March to steer the brand new Authorities of Nationwide Unity (GNU) by means of a UN-facilitated course of aimed toward bringing peace and stability to Libya with the reunification of state establishments and an election in December.
The GNU was permitted by the eastern-based parliament and the Tripoli and Benghazi administrations, which peacefully handed over their powers. Till Sunday’s incident, Tripoli-based GNU ministers and different officers had been capable of go to Benghazi freely.
The war-torn North African nation faces a myriad of challenges.
Armed teams stay entrenched across the nation, disputes proceed over the move and distribution of Libya’s substantial oil revenues, parliament has opposed Dbeibeh’s price range plans and the primary freeway throughout entrance traces stays closed.
Final week, Dbeibeh met displaced folks in Tripoli who fled Benghazi and his feedback to them reportedly angered factions within the east. Some protesters rallied in opposition to Dbeibeh there on Sunday.
Dbeibeh’s go to to Benghazi on Monday was to have been the primary by a Tripoli-based prime minister in years, a second meant to encapsulate a uncommon alternative to finish its battle.