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Eastern deputy PMs in presidency council rows over appointments

Reports that the two deputy prime ministers from eastern Libya in the presidency council headed by Faiez Serraj have resigned and left Tunis in a row over the role of General Khalifa Hafter and government appointments are, it turns out, somewhat wide of the mark.

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UN envoy expresses support for German military training deployment in Libya

The UN’s Libya envoy, Martin Kobler, has spoken in support of German troops training Libyan soldiers. Of his working style, Kobler said he needed to strike a balance between risk-aversion and being like “Rambo.”

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Conditional support for Unity Government in eastern Libya

Agila Saleh Gweider, president of Libya’s internationally-recognized parliament, has expressed his conditional support for the Libyan Political Agreement signed by rival parliamentarians ten days ago in Morocco. Saleh had rejected the agreement, instead leading a parallel negotiation process together with Nuri Abusahmain, the head of the rival legislature in Tripoli.

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LNA plans military operations in Ajdabiya; mayor objects

The Joint Military Operations of the Libyan National Army (LNA) in Ajdabiya has said that it is going to launch fresh military operations in the town’s suburbs against the so-called Islamic State (IS) and other jihadist groups. However, the town’s mayor, Salem Jadhran, has sent a message to the LNA …

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Statement on a Political Deal for Libya

The International Crisis Group considers the international conference on 13 December in Rome an opportunity to bring together a divided Libya through an inclusive political process. Under the co-chairmanship of Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, it will bring together the “P5+5” group that …

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UN process only way forward for Libya peace deal: US, EU

Ambassadors to Libya from several EU countries and the US warned on Tuesday against attempts to derail a UN-brokered peace deal, insisting it is the only way forward.

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