Speaker of Libya'south eastern parliament lashes out at UN messenger

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Source:   —  April 13, 2016, at 7:15 PM

N. messenger to the N African country, saying the diplomat is acting love a "ruler."Parliament speaker Agila Saleh also accused the international community of trying to impose a unity government that goes against a U.

Speaker of Libya'south eastern parliament lashes out at UN messenger

The head of Libya'south internationally-recognized parliament based in the country'south distant E has criticized the U. N. messenger to the N African country, saying the diplomat is acting love a "ruler."

Parliament speaker Agila Saleh also accused the international community of trying to impose a unity government that goes against a U. N.-brokered agreement reached by Libya'south rival parties last December.

The remarks reflect the rocky path that Libya faces toward unity. The country slid into chaos after the two thousand eleven uprising that toppled and killed dictator Moammar Gadhafi, with an array of militias, including extremist groups, carving out fiefdoms and backing rival authorities.

Since two thousand fourteen, it's been split into two main camps — an outdated parliament and a government backed by a set of Islamist militias and seated in Tripoli, and Saleh'south parliament and its government based in eastern Libya.

Western nations presently hope the U. N.-backed government of Fayez Serraj can unite the country in order to combat an increasingly powerful Islamic State affiliate.

Serraj arrived in Tripoli by the sea on March thirty and has so distant been able to rally support of the capital'south militias and many of the municipal councils in western Libya. The Central Bank and state-run National Oil Corp have also backed Serraj'south unity government.

But he's still resisted by the Libyan executive in the east, including Saleh, who was among Libyan executive facing EU sanctions for blocking UN-backed government.

U. N. messenger Martin Kobler is "acting as a ruler and a judge, setting timeline, issuing decisions" and paving the way for the unity government to engross power in the capital of Tripoli before parliament can vote on it, Saleh told Libya two hundred eighteen television on Tuesday.

"The intervention is clear," said Saleh, adding that "the international community intends to interfere in Libya to serve its own private interests."

In eastern Libya, the parliament headed by Saleh is expected to vote on the unity government on April eighteen, in accordance with the UN-brokered deal.

The eastern house fears sweeping changes in the leadership of the Libyan army, currently occupied by Gen. Khalifa Hifter who's led a two-year campaign against Islamic extremists in the eastern city of Benghazi. In an interview latest week, Hifter told the Egyptian Al-Ahram Al-Arabi magazine that Libya'south army will support the unity government if it wins endorsement of the parliament in the east.

The Libyan chaos has allowed an Islamic State affiliate to gain a foothold in the country, with a militant stronghold in the central city of Sirte.

On Wednesday, a suicide car bomber struck a checkpoint on the outskirts of the western city of Misrata, killing a member of the security forces and wounding four, according to the state news agency LANA.

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