Libyan gov't initiative for parliament to go into recess 'failed'

Fears have mounted recently that Libya was slipping toward civil war after forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar took up arms against militias serving as part of Libya's regular army.

Libyan gov't initiative for parliament to go into recess 'failed'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya's caretaker government said on Thursday that its initiative aimed at urging the interim parliament to go into recess has failed.

"The parliament speaker has neither responded [to the initiative] nor communicated with the government initiative to end the crisis and heal the rift," Culture Minister Habib Amin told a press conference.

Fears have mounted recently that Libya was slipping toward civil war after forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar took up arms against militias serving as part of Libya's regular army.

Haftar says his campaign, dubbed "Operation Dignity," is aimed at "purging" Libya of "extremists."

In an effort to stave off the crisis, the Libyan government proposed that parliament go into recess until fresh parliamentary polls could be held.

Under the proposal, the government pledged to form a ministerial panel tasked with opening channels of communication with militias in an effort to reach national consensus against any resort to the use of force.

"We feel depressed that our initiative to the parliament has failed," Amin said, calling on the country's political forces to "positively deal with the initiative to end divisions".

Libyan authorities have struggled to restore law and order since strongman Muammar Gaddafi's 2011 ouster and death amid the continued refusal of armed militias – which helped overthrow the late leader – to give up their weapons.

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