France and Algeria called on all parties involved in the turmoil shaking Libya to work together to find a political solution, while the head of the High Council of State in Libya, Khaled Al-Mashri, announced his rejection of the attempt of the Prime Minister-designate from the House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha, to enter Tripoli.

The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement today, Wednesday, that all parties must refrain from violence and respect the ceasefire agreement.

The statement called on the Libyan political actors to enter into a real dialogue with the aim of achieving a viable political solution, which leads to the holding of transparent and fair presidential and parliamentary elections in all parts of Libya as soon as possible.

This came in the wake of clashes in the capital, Tripoli (west), between forces affiliated with the unity government headed by Abdel Hamid Dabaiba and others supporting the government of Fathi Pashaga, which left one dead and a number of wounded, hours after the latter arrived in the city to start his government's work on Monday evening before leaving it.

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Après les violences intervenues à Tripoli hier, la France appelle l'ensemble des acteurs libyens à s'abstenir de toute violence et à respecter l'accord de cessez-le-feu.

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For its part, Algeria called on all Libyan parties to avoid escalation and work to create conditions for holding fair elections, as the best way to resolve the current crisis.

She called on all Libyan parties to exercise restraint, avoid escalation, and work to put the country's supreme interest above all else.

It also called on it to join its efforts to provide the necessary conditions for the success of the process of holding free and fair elections.

She stressed that this is the best way to consolidate the sovereignty of the Libyan people in choosing their representatives and achieving their legitimate aspirations to end the crisis and lay the foundations for a modern and democratic state.

Dabaiba refuses to hand over power except to a government that comes through an elected parliament, in implementation of the outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.

The United Nations is making efforts, through Libyan consultations underway in Cairo, to achieve a Libyan consensus on a constitutional basis for holding parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible.

With two governments in Libya for more than two months, fears are mounting that the country is sliding back into civil war.

Libyans hope that the holding of the elections will contribute to ending the armed conflict that has plagued their oil-rich country for years.

Yesterday's clashes in the Libyan capital, Tripoli (communication sites)

refusal and demands

Commenting on these developments, the head of the Supreme Council of State in Libya, Khaled Al-Mashri, announced his rejection of the attempt of the Prime Minister-designate of the House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha, to enter Tripoli at dawn yesterday, Tuesday.

Al-Mashri said - in an interview with "Libya Al-Ahrar" channel last night - that the Bashagha government is "in dispute", and its entry into Tripoli without consensus "is an attempt to impose a fait accompli that is rejected."

Al-Mashri advised the Prime Minister-designate of the House of Representatives, Fathi Bashagha, to submit his resignation, and called on the Prime Minister of the Unity Government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, to accept the change.

He said, "The two governments do not want to go to elections even after five years, and the Dabaiba government cannot hold them, because its influence is limited to Tripoli and some cities. We have to agree on a constitutional basis and a mini-government whose goal is to hold elections only."

Following Bashagha's withdrawal, Dabaiba renewed his hold on power, calling for an expedited consensus on a legal basis regulating the elections.

On the other hand, Bashagha announced his government's intention to operate from the city of Sirte (central north Libya), until it was able to enter Tripoli peacefully.

It is noteworthy that the Bashagha government was sworn in early last March before the House of Representatives, which assigned it and granted it confidence, in light of the rejection of the procedures for assigning it by the Supreme Council of State, and the national unity government clinging to power and refusing to hand over except to an elected party.