Delegates from Libya’s rival factions sign UN peace deal

17 Dec, 2015 5:37 pm

SKHIRAT – Delegates from Libya’s warring factions signed a UN-brokered agreement to form a national government on Thursday, a deal that Western powers hope will bring stability and help fight a growing Islamic State presence.

Four years after Muammar Gaddafi’s fall, Libya is deeply fractured with two rival governments — a self-declared one in Tripoli and an internationally recognized one in the east — each backed by coalitions of former rebels and militias.

But the UN deal faces resistance. The heads of both rival parliaments and factions within both camps have rejected the agreement, illustrating the risks to establishing a new government on the ground in the North African state. -Reuters

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