Libya rival forces oppose U.N.-proposed peace deal

People carry a banner during a protest against candidates for a national unity government proposed by U.N. envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon, in Benghazi. (Reuters)

Libya’s rival parliament and government both showed opposition to a U.N.-proposed peace deal installing a unity government Monday, with one lawmaker saying it would deepen rifts in the country.

“This government is rejected... it will deepen differences between the Libyan people,” said Mahmud Abdel Aziz of the General National Congress, which has yet to vote on the plan.

The Tripoli-based GNC is refusing to discuss the proposed government until its demands are met for amendments to the U.N.-proposed plan for Libya, which plunged into chaos after the 2011 uprising that toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi.

In the aftermath of his fall and murder, the country has been ruled by powerful armed militias and has had two governments and two parliaments since August 2014.

The internationally recognized parliament is based in the east and met on Monday to discuss the U.N.-proposed unity government, lawmaker Ali Tekbali told AFP.

However, he also dismissed the U.N. plan, saying the government it has proposed is one of “divisions, not unity.”

The talks in the eastern-based parliament are to continue on Tuesday, said the Lana news agency.

U.N. special envoy Bernardino Leon "wants to impose a fait accompli on us," Tekbali said.

The Tripoli-based government also rejected the proposal in a statement released late on Sunday.

On Friday, Leon proposed a unity government aimed at ending years of conflict in Libya, saying it would be headed by Fayez el-Serraj, a deputy in the Tripoli parliament.

It would also include three deputy prime ministers, one each from the west, east and south.

Leon made the announcement in Morocco after months of tough negotiations with Libyan political players and members of civil society.

World leaders and the United Nations have lauded the proposal and urged Libya’s warring parties to sign the deal -- the latest in a string of initiatives aimed at restoring stability to the strife-torn country.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:48 - GMT 06:48