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Libya PM defiant as lawmakers set to name new leader

AP – Libya’s Prime Minister took a defiant stand on Tuesday against efforts to appoint a new interim government, a position that could lead to a flare-up of conflicts between rival factions in the deeply divided nation.

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah said in televised speech that he will not hand over power as the country’s parliament is scheduled to name a new premier today.

“I will not allow a new transitional period,” he said. “The Government of National Unity will continue until handing over power to an elected administration.”

He warned that naming a new primer minister will lead the country back to “division and chaos” after nearly two years of relative calm.

He called for street protests to denounce the appointment of a new transitional government.

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