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Libya: Rival parties refuse deal to form unity goverment

Posted on Tuesday, 20 October 2015 13:17

Observers were hopeful that the UN/AU proposal would restore peace to the North African nation, and restore civility.

We are not reopening the text and our hope remains that all sides will agree to the text for the good of the people of Libya

However, neither party would sign the agreement to form a unity government.

Special UN envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, had announced the proposal along with a list of candidates to head the new body on 8 October.

“We are not reopening the text and our hope remains that all sides will agree to the text for the good of the people of Libya,” UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.

According to reports, the UN-backed Libyan government rejected the deal because the international body refused to exclude amendments added by the Islamist authorities without its consent.

The UN-backed government said the text had given the unity government the power to fire all senior Libyan officials not unanimously approved by its members.

Under the proposed agreement, the UN-backed government feared that Islamists could remove army chief, Gen. Khalifa Hifter, whose forces have been battling Islamist militias nationwide for over a year, from power.

Conversely, the Islamists government rejected the deal because it does not provide sufficient guarantees that Islamic law will be implemented.

Both governments have slammed Leon for announcing candidates for the unity government when they had not agreed on forming one yet.

Libya slipped into chaos after the 2011 toppling and killing of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The internationally recognised government is based in the far eastern town of Tobruk, while a rival Islamist-led government is based in the capital, Tripoli.

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