Libyan parliament rejects UN-backed unity gov't

Libya’s internationally recognized parliament on Monday voted to reject the government of national accord which was proposed under a UN-sponsored agreement to end the country’s political division.
At a session at the parliament headquarter in the eastern city of Tubrug on Monday, 89 out of 104 members voted against the newly formed government.
They said the government included too many posts, and that the Tunis-based Presidential Council now had 10 days to put forward a new, shorter list of ministers.
On January 19, the Tunis-based Libyan presidential council, which was formed under the UN-sponsored agreement, announced a government of national accord which is to be consisted of 32 ministers and 4 deputy prime ministers.
Libya suffers a political crisis with two rival parliaments and governments battling for legitimacy amid escalating violence and increased dominance of militant extremism. Since the fall of former leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, the north African country has been struggling to make a democratic transition.

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