Libya unity vote Tuesday

Author : Mircea Birca | Monday, February 22, 2016
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Benghazi – the internationally recognized Libya parliament is expected to hold a confidence vote Tuesday on a national unity government supported by the United Nations to this country from North Africa in the grip of conflict, an MP said.

Deputy Aisha al-Aquarius says lawmakers wrapped up debate Monday on the line-up proposed by a presidential council and will meet again on Tuesday “to endorse the government of national unity.”

oil-rich Libya was rival administrations since summer 2014, when the government recognized fled Tripoli after an alliance of militias, including the Islamists overran the capital.

This alliance has set up its own administration and parliament called the General National Congress, while the internationally recognized legislator is based in the eastern city of Tobruk.

The UN has urged both parties to support a unity government.

The Presidential Council, born of an agreement in December under UN auspices between representatives of the rival parliaments, proposed last week the formation of a national unity government of 18 members.

Parliament met since Saturday to discuss the line-up presented by Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj.

UN envoy Martin Kobler made Sunday to Tobruk saying he wanted to “help” with the vote of confidence, but “not to interfere”.

Libya has been torn by conflict since Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011 following a rebellion supported by Western military intervention.

The chaos that has reigned since allowed the Islamic State jihadist group to gain a foothold and is now monitoring the coastal city of Sirte and its surroundings.

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