The UN mission in Libya expressed grave worry on Tuesday about what it described a continuous mobilization of forces and threats to use force to resolve the country’s political turmoil.

For months, Libya has been mired in a stalemate when the eastern-based parliament swore in a new prime minister but the incumbent in Tripoli refusing to relinquish power, resulting in a standoff with armed militias backing either side.

Several shootouts between competing groups in the city have already occurred this summer, raising the risk of larger clashes and a return to continuous combat after two years of relative peace.

In Tripoli, Abdulhamid al-Dbeibah was appointed last year through a United Nations-backed procedure to lead the new Government of National Unity and oversee an election slated for December.

Following the failure of the election process due to different groups’ refusal to agree on the rules, the eastern-based parliament declared Dbeibah’s tenure ended and chose Fathi Bashagha to lead a new government.

Dbeibah and certain significant forces in northwest Libya, on the other hand, have disputed the parliament’s power to replace him, and he has stated that he will only resign after national elections.

Source: Reuters

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