Libya's parliament suspends its appointed PM Bashagha

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Libya's parliament has suspended its appointed prime minister, Fathi Bashagha, and referred him to an investigation, parliament Speaker Abdullah Bliheg says.

Parliament appointed Finance Minister Osama Hammad as acting prime minister.

The decision came after lawmakers discussed the government's performance since it took office, Bliheg said on Twitter.

Before the parliament session, Bashagha tried to delegate his powers to his deputy.

In February last year, the eastern-based parliament appointed Bashagha as the new head of government even though Abdul-Hamid Dbeibeh holds this office.

Dbeibeh, whose government in the capital Tripoli is recognised by the United Nations, rejected the parliament's decision, insisting he will only hand over power after a general election.

Since then, Bashagha tried and failed to enter Tripoli and his cabinet has been based in the city of Sirte.

Dbeibeh's government took office in March 2021 as part of a United Nations-brokered process to lead Libya until polls planned for December 2021, which never took place.

The election is part of a UN-backed plan to end more than a decade of chaos in Libya and put an end to the political impasse between the rival governments.