Libyan UN-backed gov't rejects parliament decision to investigate mayors

Source: Xinhua| 2017-11-15 06:29:13|Editor: Mu Xuequan
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TRIPOLI, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Libya's UN-backed government on Tuesday rejected a recent decision by the eastern-based parliament to suspend and investigate mayors of eastern cities and towns who deal with the government.

"The Government of National Accord regrets the irresponsible actions that attempt to hinder the government's efforts to end the suffering of the people. Every time we take a step forward, some try to bring us back to square one with absurd decisions that negatively affect the people's livelihood," the government said in a statement late on Tuesday.

"The Government of National Accord denounces such decisions that hinder consensus, increase division, and violate basic civil rights," the statement said.

Libya's eastern-based interim prime minister, Abdullah Thanni, on Sunday issued orders to investigate mayors of eastern cities and towns who deal with the UN-backed government in Tripoli.

"The government confirms continuing to provide all possible services to all citizens, and will not be stopped by unfair decisions from performing its national duties for the citizens," the statement said.

Libya remains politically divided between two rival parliaments and governments in the east and west, amid chaos and unrest.