Libya announces members of new unity government

Libyan prime minister-designate under a proposed National Unity government Seraj speaks during a news conference with European Union foreign policy chief Mogherini in Tunis. (File photo: Reuters)

The make-up of a new Libyan government of national accord aimed at uniting the country's warring factions under a U.N.-backed plan was announced on Tuesday.

A Tunis-based Presidential Council formed under the plan named a total of 32 ministers. The council had pushed back the deadline for naming the government by 48 hours, amid reports of disputes over the distribution of ministerial posts.

“I congratulate Libyan people & Presidency Council on formation of Govt. of National Accord,” U.N. envoy Martin Kolber wrote on Twitter.

Kolber called on Libya’s rival parliaments to endorse the unity government, although less than half of lawmakers have signed up to the deal.

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:47 - GMT 06:47
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