Libya’s UN-backed unity government arrives in Tripoli

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The head of Libya’s UN-backed unity government arrived on Wednesday in Tripoli, following growing international calls for political rivals in the violence-plagued country to cede power.

A presidential council formed under the power-sharing deal confirmed on social media that Fayez al-Sarraj, named prime minister-designate under a UN-brokered power-sharing deal and several other members had “arrived safe and sound in Tripoli”, which was seized by a militia alliance including Islamists in mid-2014.

The move defies warnings by rival factions that it should not move there.

The Presidential Council was formed under a UN-mediated peace deal late last year. It is supposed to replace the two rival administrations, one based in Tripoli, the other in the eastern city of Tobruk, that have been battling each other for more than a year.