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Sunday, 7 February 2021

Libya agrees to interim government

Libyan factions agree transitional government after years of conflict: Delegates from Libya's rival factions voted for a transitional unity government at a UN-led forum in Geneva on Friday ahead of parliamentary and presidential elections later this year. In a landmark moment following five days of talks, a three-member presidential council and a prime minister were chosen in two rounds of voting

It is hoped that the new unified Libyan administration will end the division and chaos that has lasted for almost a decade following Nato’s ouster of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. The UN dubbed the move “a historic moment” as it is a key step in a peacemaking process aimed at unifying the war-torn country ahead of the December 24 elections.

Egypt rolled out the red carpet for Libya’s new UN-backed government, with the Foreign Ministry saying in a statement it was looking forward to working with the new administration and expressing hope that the agreement will enable a peaceful transition of power.

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