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Libyan PM-designate Dbeibeh to propose unified government under UN aegis

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Libya’s designated Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh

Libya’s designated Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibeh will propose a unified government to the North African country’s divided parliament as part of a peace plan.

Dbeibeh, chosen through a UN-facilitated process a month earlier, was to propose Thursday his cabinet to the house of representatives, 84 legislators of which said on Wednesday that they would give the new Libyan interim government their vote of confidence “without restrictions or conditions.”

Dbeibeh, who will serve in his post until elections are held on December 24, is expected to form his cabinet by Friday at the latest.

Libya has been grappling with unchecked violence since the overthrow of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 during an operation backed by NATO.

Since 2014, two rival seats of power have emerged in Libya, namely the UN-recognized government - known as the Government of National Accord (GNA) - based in the capital Tripoli, and another camp based in the eastern city of Tobruk, backed militarily by armed rebels.

The country descended into unprecedented chaos last year after the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA) under rebel commander Khalifa Haftar moved toward Tripoli to seize the city. They were repelled by government forces.

The conflict has escalated into a regional proxy war fueled by foreign powers pouring weapons and mercenaries into the country.

Dbeibeh’s new interim government is meant to replace both existing administrations in Libya. He has pledged not to stand for office in December’s vote.

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