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Libyan parliamentarians denounce interference by British ambassador

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Tripoli, Aug 13 (Prensa Latina) The British ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurndall, is today under fire again from national political sectors that accused her of interference in the country’s internal affairs.

More than fifty legislators considered Hurndall’s links with the so-called Government of National Unity, one of the two that claim power, unacceptable.

The deputies warned in a statement that the diplomat could be declared persona non grata because Libya is “an independent country and is not affiliated with the United Kingdom or any other.”

This is the second time that members of the House of Representatives have denounced the work of the British official after similar criticism issued at the end of last year.

The legislature considers that the mandate of the Government of National Unity, led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, ended on December 24, the date scheduled for the general elections that were never held for various reasons.

Hurndall told Al Jazeera Arabic television this week that his country works with Dbeibeh because he is the authority recognized by the UN and the international community.

After a year of relative calm, in recent months tension has increased in the country due to the political crisis that threatens to further fracture this North African nation.

In February, Parliament appointed Fahi Bashagha as interim prime minister to replace Dbeibeh, who refused to hand over power without holding elections.

Dbeibeh and his cabinet are based in this capital while Bashagha’s executive is based in the eastern city of Tobruk, where the legislature is also located.

If Dbeibeh is backed by the Presidential Council, a collegiate body that performs the functions of a head of state, the latter has the support of Parliament and the forces of Marshal Khalifa Haftar, a strong man in the eastern part of the country.

Libya has been experiencing a spiral of violence since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, after a war supported by members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, including the United States, France and the United Kingdom.

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