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Can the new UN-backed government solve Libya’s problems?

A new UN-backed Libyan government was unveiled earlier this week. It is the result of over a years worth of mediation on the part of the United Nations in efforts to stabilise the country. It is tasked with ending the civil war and stemming its side effects, such as the …

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Kobler meets president and boycotting members of HoR in Shahat – but separately

UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler held talks with both the President of the House of Representatives (HoR), Ageela Salah, and its boycotting members in a flying visit to the east Libyan town of Shahat, but in different meetings.

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Kobler declares support for prominent role for Libyan women, advocate 30 % representation on GNA

Under the theme of ‘Discussing the Competencies of the Women’s Empowerment Unit under the Presidency Council,’ representatives of Libyan womengroups and women activists from diverse backgrounds representing all areas of Libya opened today a three-day meeting in the Tunisian capital. First deputy President of the House of Representatives (HoR) Mouhammad …

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A Constitution for Libya: A Futile Debate?

Talking about and discussing a constitution for Libya at this moment may seem a futile exercise. The situation on the ground is such that even the simplest idea of a Libyan State may seem surreal, given the diverse interests battling for control of the country and its resources. Three governments …

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Kobler to continue efforts to bring opponents onboard Skhirat agreement; pursues security as the top issue

Despite the setback on Friday when the General National Congress president Nuri Abu Sahmain and his allies rejected an appeal by UN Special Envoy Martin Kobler to back the Libyan Political Agreement (LPA) and the national unity government, Kobler says he will continue trying to convince them and others opposed …

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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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Tripoli Parliament asks for ‘substantial amendments’ to UN-backed agreement

After a meeting between the UN envoy to Libya  Martin Kobler and Tripoli Parliament members in Tripoli, Abd Al-Sadeq said that ‘’substantial amendments’’ needed to be implemented before the General National Congress could reach a decision on the Agreement.

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Controversy surrounds new ‘Libyan-Libyan’ unity plan

Lingering opposition to a UN-backed unity agreement in Libya was exposed on Wednesday when a new rival process was proposed by a member of the Tripoli-based parliament, only to be rejected as unrepresentative of the house.

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