“We have agreed to appoint a new head for the unity government from outside the presidential council, as the head of the government should also assume the post of supreme commander of the army,” read a final statement issued at the meeting in the Tunisian city of Hammamat.
“Participants also agreed on the need to reduce the number of presidential council members from nine to three,” it added.
The two-day meeting was attended by signatories of the 2015 Skhirat Agreement – which called for the establishment of the unity government – members of Libya’s Tripoli-based State Council, and other political figures.
UN Libya envoy Martin Kobler, however, refrained from the meeting, along with lawmakers from the country’s rival Tobruk-based parliament.
At present, Libya’s Tripoli-based unity government is still failing to assert its authority over the country, while the Tobruk-based House of Representatives continues to shun its legitimacy.
General Haftar Khalifa, a former ally of slain dictator Muammar Gaddafi who commands a significant military force in the country’s east, has also opposed the GNA and is aligned to Tobruk.
Western supporters of the GNA have argued that supporting the UN-backed regime is crucial to the fight against Islamic State extremists and controlling migration flows from Libya towards Europe.