• United Nations envoy proposes Libya unity government


    SKHIRAT, Morocco: United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon proposed a Libyan unity government on Friday aimed at ending years of conflict, but the plan was quickly dismissed by members of the country’s two rival parliaments.

    Libya has had two administrations since August last year when a militia alliance that includes Islamists overran the capital, forcing the internationally-recognized government to take refuge in the eastern port of Tobruk.

    The country descended into chaos after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with the two sides vying for power as well as several groups battling for control of its vast resource wealth.

    “After a year of work on this process, after working with more than 150 Libyan personalities from all the regions, finally the moment has come in which we can propose a national unity government,” Leon told a news conference in Morocco.

    UN chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the news, and appealed to the rival camps to sign the accord.

    “The Secretary-General welcomes today’s proposal of nominees for the presidency council of the Libyan government of national accord,” said a UN statement.



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