UN welcomes formation of interim government in Libya


The United Nations Security Council has unanimously lauded the formation of an interim unity government in Libya, describing it “an important milestone”.

The transitional body, comprising a prime minister and a three-member presidential council, was agreed last week during U.N. sponsored talks aimed at resolving a decade of chaos, division and violence in the North African country.

Mohammed al-Menfi, a former diplomat from Benghazi, will head a three-man presidency council, while Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, from the western city of Misrata, will head the government as prime minister.

It is intended to replace rival authorities in Tripoli and Benghazi and if all goes well, it will lead the country into elections this year.

In a statement, the Security Council called for a comprehensive national reconciliation process.

Libya has been engulfed in chaos since a NATO-backed intervention ended Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in 2011 and has been split since 2014 between warring administrations backed by foreign powers in the west and east.

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