Libya peace agreement reached

Author : Mircea Birca | Thursday, December 10, 2015
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Warring Libyan factions meeting in Tunisia have reached an agreement on ending the political deadlock that has plagued the country since Muammar Gaddafi’s overthrow.

“This is a historic moment the Libyans were waiting for, the Arabs were waiting for and the world was waiting for,” said Awad Mohammed Abdul-Sadiq, the first deputy head of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC).

GNC officials had been holding talks in the suburbs of Tunis for several days with delegates from the internationally recognised House of Representatives.

Abdul-Sadiq called on Libyans to support what he called “a historic opportunity”.

“If this solution receives real Libyan support – from the people and institutions – we will surely arrive in no more than two weeks or a month to a solution to solve the political crisis,” he told a press conference on Sunday (local time).

Amna Emtair from the GNC delegation told AFP the agreement would set up a new representative body that would choose a committee to nominate a prime minister within 15 days, while another committee would conduct a review of Libya’s constitution.

“It is a major breakthrough,” Emtair said.

Libya descended into chaos after the October 2011 ouster and killing of longtime dictator Gaddafi, with two governments vying for power and armed groups battling for control of its vast energy resources.

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