Libya’s parliament, based in Tobruk in the east of the country, voted to suspend the appointment of the prime minister Fati Basaga and assigned his duties to Finance Minister Osama Hamada, Al Jazeera reports. Bashaga is being investigated, but charges have not yet been made public.

The parliament spokesman announced the decision for Bashaga, who is a rival of the prime minister of the UN-recognised Government of National Unity (GNU).

Bashaga had not been accepted by the Interim Government of National Unity in Tripoli, led by Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeiba.

Libya’s House of Representatives, chaired by Aguila Saleh, appointed Bashaga, a former interior minister, as the new prime minister in February 2022.

The standoff between Abdul Hamid Dbeiba and Basaga had been going on for some time, with Basaga being supported by Gen. Khalifa Haftar.

The Basaga government had rejected the memorandums he signed the Dbeiba government with Turkeystressing that they threaten peace and security in Libya and the region.