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Egypt backs Libyan PM-designate to form new government

Egypt pins hope on Prime Minister-designate Fathi Bashagha to secure the exit of all foreign forces from Libya and prepare for holding elections in the war-torn country.
Libyan interim Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha, newly named by the Libyan parliament, delivers a speech at Mitiga International Airport, Tripoli, Libya, Feb. 10, 2022.

Egypt was quick to declare support Feb. 10 to former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha to form a new government in Libya, hours after the Libyan parliament named him as the country’s new interim prime minister.

Bashagha was selected unopposed by the House of Representatives, based in eastern Libya, to replace incumbent Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah after the only other candidate, former Interior Ministry official Khaled al-Bibass, had withdrawn.

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