Libyan officials yet to agree on national unity government

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A small bomb exploded outside the GNC yesterday while members were deciding not to buy into the latest UNSMIL deal. No one was hurt in the explosion however a far bigger political bomb went off early this morning when UNSMIL chief Bernardino Leon announced the formation of the unity government was going ahead without them.

Libyan lawmakers have not yet reached agreement on a national unity government that is meant to stitch the oil-rich but chaotic north African country back together, a UN envoy said.  Bernardino Leon had said that the United Nations hoped to announce the unity government on Wednesday.

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“We hope that tomorrow at the latest to be able to announce this unity government,” Leon told reporters at a midnight briefing in Skhirat, Morocco. He said there was “no need to introduce modifications” into what has been described as the final draft of a peace deal.

Libya is split between an Islamist-backed government based in Tripoli and an internationally recognised government in the country’s east. The UN is trying to broker a deal to unify them and bring peace to a country that fell apart after the overthrow of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

US Secretary of State John Kerry and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and others at a high-level UN meeting on Friday urged Libya’s rival governments to act quickly and reach a deal.

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