The organization added that it was “waiting for the approval of the Fathi Bashagha government by the Libyan parliament” before recognizing it.
In the aftermath, United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric announced that the international organization is still supporting Dabaiba as prime minister of Libya.
Dujarric was asked during his daily press conference whether the United Nations still recognized Dabaiba as prime minister, and he replied: “Yes.”
On Thursday, the Libyan House of Representatives chose Fathi Bashagha as the new prime minister, after a vote took place in Tobruk, in the east of the country.
The move is expected to exacerbate political differences in the country, as Dabaiba has vowed to stay in power until elections are held.
The House of Representatives also approved, by an absolute majority, the constitutional amendment, which paves the way for the resumption of the faltering political roadmap.
Parliament is seeking to chart the country’s political future, after elections scheduled for December faltered, saying that Dabaiba’s interim government “is no longer legitimate and may not continue its work.”
Analysts say that the result of Thursday’s steps may be a return to the division that appeared to have ended last March, with the installation of a national unity government headed by Dabaiba.
Before that, two competing governments operated in the west of the country, and in the east, each supported rival factions.