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Libya’s Presidential Council names new unity government


Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 fall of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi
Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 fall of long-time ruler Muammar Gaddafi

Council names a list of 18 ministers which the internationally recognized parliament will vote on this week


15 Feb 2016 - Libya’s UN-backed Presidential Council announced the formation of a revised national unity government, with the internationally recognized parliament to vote on the line-up early this week.
One of the council’s members, Fathi al-Majbari, said in a televised statement late on Sunday that the list of 13 ministers and five ministers of state had been sent to Libya’s eastern parliament for approval.
Majbari, announced the list just before the deadline to reach an agreement expired.
But in a sign of continuing divisions over how to bring together Libya’s warring factions, two of the council’s nine members refused for a second time to put their signatures to the proposed government, according to a document posted on the Presidential Council’s Facebook page.
The United Nations plan under which the unity government has been named was designed to help Libya stabilize and tackle a growing threat from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). It was signed in Morocco in December, but has been opposed by hardliners on both sides from the start and suffered repeated delays.
The council that reached the agreement is made up of nine members from Libya’s rival factions and headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, the prime minister-designate.


Source: Al Jazeera and agencies