BREAKING NEWS: Libya Rivals 'Announce Unity Govt'

By John Lee.

The Associated Press reported this morning that Libya's Unity Presidential Council, which meets in Tunisia, says it has agreed on a 32-member cabinet.

According to the report, cabinet members will drawn from across the country.

It's not clear where the new Government of National Accord (GNA) would be based or if it can govern the whole country.

The new cabinet was scheduled to be announced on Saturday, but the Presidential Council said it needed another 48 hours to finalise the details.

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Martin Kobler, strongly welcomed the formation of the GNA, describing it as "a significant step forward in the quest to end the political divisions and the armed conflict".

"This is a sterling opportunity for Libyans to come together to build their country. The formation of the Government of National Accord (GNA) is one important leap on the path to peace and stability in Libya, I congratulate the Libyan people. Hard work lies ahead," SRSG Martin Kobler said.

The Special Representative stressed the need to immediately to move forward to the next step which is the endorsement of the GNA by the House Representatives (HoR).

He said: "I call on the members of the HoR and its presidency to uphold the country's national interest above all other considerations and promptly convene to discuss and endorse the proposed cabinet".

(Sources: UNSMIL, Associated Press)

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One Response to BREAKING NEWS: Libya Rivals 'Announce Unity Govt'

  1. Dr Satya P.Bindra 19th January 2016 at 3:59 pm #

    UNCSD Rio+20 Focal Point Libya welcome the announcement.

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