Libyan rivals declare national unity government

Libya's UN-backed presidential council announced Tuesday the formation of a long-awaited national unity government, in a bid to end the country's civil strife.

Ayman Saif Ennaser, a member of the Tobruk parliament, made the announcement in the Tunisian capital Tunis.

Libya, which has been locked in conflict since a NATO-backed revolt that overthrew long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi four years ago, has had two quarrelling parliament, each backed by different armed militias.

The Islamist-leaning General National Congress is based in the capital Tripoli, while the centrist-dominated internationally recognized House of Representatives is further east in Tobruk. Each assembly is backed by different armed militias.

The newly-formed government, which consists of 32 ministries, has to be approved by the House of Representatives in Tobruk within 10 days.

However, the Tobruk parliament has been mostly unable to achieve a quorum since October.

The rivals signed a UN-backed deal to create the power-sharing government in December.

Last update: Tue, 19/01/2016 - 13:16

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