The Libyan authorities announced a state of force majeure in the Zueitina oil port in the center of the country, while the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, began a visit to Algeria as part of efforts to mobilize support for the elections.

The Libyan National Oil Corporation warned of what it described as a painful wave of closures that began to hit its facilities at the time of the price boom.

She said that these stops came due to the entry of a group of individuals to the Zueitina port and the workers preventing them from continuing to carry out exports.

On Sunday, notables in central and southern Libya announced the suspension of oil production and export from fields in their regions until the national unity government headed by Abdel Hamid al-Dabaiba handed over power to the government designated by the House of Representatives headed by Fathi Bashagha.

The Zueitina area contains oil fields, in addition to the largest and most important export port in Libya, which is the Zueitina oil port.

Dabaiba (left) also met with Algerian Prime Minister Ayman Ben Abdel Rahman (Reuters)

Dabaiba in Algeria

On Monday, the Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity, Abdelhamid Dabaiba, handed over his plan to hold elections to Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune, as part of efforts to mobilize regional and international support for it.

This came during a meeting between Taboun and Dabaiba, which began on Monday, an official visit to Algeria (an undisclosed duration), according to a statement by the Libyan government.

Due to differences between the official Libyan institutions, especially over the electoral laws, it was not possible to hold presidential elections on December 24, 2021, as part of a plan sponsored by the United Nations.

The Libyan government said that Dabaiba handed Taboun the general framework of the plan to "return the trust to the people" to hold the elections.

Tebboune expressed his support for these "steps, international coordination regarding them, and preparations for holding an international conference hosted by Algeria, in support of holding elections in Libya," according to the statement.

Dabaiba's plan

This plan was announced by Dabaiba on February 12, and aims to hold parliamentary elections on June 30, 2022.

In parallel with the Dabaiba plan, a joint Libyan committee from the House of Representatives in Tobruk (east) and the Supreme Council of State (representative of the advisory body) met in Cairo last week to lay down a constitutional basis for holding parliamentary and presidential elections, at the initiative of the United Nations.

A few days ago, Tebboune and his Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra met separately with Libyan Foreign Minister Najla Al-Manqoush.

At the time, Algeria confirmed its support for the efforts of the Libyan unity government to reach "honest and legitimate elections."