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Libya: Rival leaders agree to form unified government

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

After years of conflict and chaos, Libya‘s rival leaders have agreed to form a unified government.

The leaders that agreed to this new unified government are the president of the Presidential Council (PC) Mohamed Menfi, the head of High State Council (HSC) Mohamed Takala, both based in Tripoli, and Aguila Saleh, speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR) in Benghazi.

The three key leaders announced their decision to form this unified government on Sunday, calling it a “necessity” in order to supervise long-delayed elections.

They met in Egypt’s capital Cairo at the invitation of Arab League Secretary General Ahmed Aboul Gheit.

They said they had agreed to form a technical committee to “look into controversial points”.

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“The measures that were agreed upon today, we believe, are a very important beginning. They are results that live up to the ambition of Libyans to hold elections,” Menfi told the media after the meeting.

It has taken more than a decade for this to happen following delays to election due to disputes and fighting.

Elections in Libya have been stalled since December 2021 when arrangements collapsed following disagreements over the eligibility of some candidates.

In a joint statement, the three leaders called for support from the U.N. Mission in Libya and the international community.

Libya has been in turmoil since the overthrow and killing of former ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 by Nato-backed forces.

The turmoil has led to conflict and the activities of militants who have allowed for the country to become a key trafficking point for migrants seeking to reach Europe across the Mediterranean.


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