EU extends sanctions on Libyan parliament head


BRUSSELS: The EU extended on Friday by six months the sanctions against the head of Libya’s internationally recognized parliament as well as two former officials, for blocking peace efforts by failing to get behind the UN-backed unity government. Libya has had rival administrations since mid-2014 when a militia alliance took over Tripoli, setting up its own authority and forcing the recognized parliament to flee to the remote east. But in a blow to the Government of National Accord (GNA) supported by the United Nations and Western powers, the internationally recognized parliament headed by Aguila Saleh gave it a no confidence vote in August. The other two ex-officials facing a new round of sanctions are Khalifa Ghweil and Nuri Abu Sahmein – both former top figures in an unrecognized authority that has since ceased to function. The sanctions, which have been in place since April and were rolled over on Friday to April 2017, ban travel in the European Union for the three men and a freeze on any of their assets in the EU.



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