Interim Libyan government, led by Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, yesterday rejected a recent decision by the country's eastern authority to withdraw confidence from it, claiming that the decision was "illegitimate".
A well-informed source told media that the Dbeibeh government would issue a statement in the "next few hours declaring its refusal of parliament's decision, and announcing it will continue to perform its duties until the elections due on 24 December."
On Tuesday, Libya's eastern-based parliament passed a no-confidence vote in Dbeibeh's unity government. The decision was backed by 89 out of a total of 113 lawmakers – based in the eastern city of Tobruk.
In response, Dbeibeh said that his government would continue until the "upcoming elections," promising that the latter would operate in "fairness and transparency." He called on Libyans "to protest in the capital of Tripoli on Friday to express your opinions about the parliament's decision."