UN envoy eyes 'political deal' in Libya

Leon predicted that an agreement between Libya's political rivals will be reached in weeks.

UN envoy eyes 'political deal' in Libya

World Bulletin/News Desk

U.N. special envoy to Libya Bernardino Leon said Saturday that he is seeking to reach a "political agreement" between the country's rivals.

Speaking following talks with Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi in Cairo, Leon predicted that an agreement between Libya's political rivals will be reached in weeks.

Al-Arabi, for his part, said that the political deal Leon is seeking for "will take into consideration the legitimacy of the Libyan House of Representatives and the government".

"The Libyan state has lacked institutions for 42 years," al-Arabi said. "It's time for the country to enjoy stability via a deal that would respect the legitimacy of the elected institutions."

Libya has been suffering turmoil since the ouster and death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

In the three years since, rival militias have clashed in Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi.

The government, meanwhile, has remained largely absent from the scene.

The political divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each of which has its own institutions.

Vying for legislative authority are the newly-elected House of Representatives, which convenes in Tobruk, and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended months ago – continues to convene in Tripoli.

The two assemblies support two different governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.

 

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