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Last Hour: Libya's Tripoli authorities back unity government

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Libya's unrecognised government, which is based in the capital, Tripoli, has announced in a statement that it is ceding power to a UN-backed unity government to avoid further factional fighting.

The statement was released on Tuesday, almost a week after prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Tripoli to assert the unity government's authority.

"We inform you that we are ceasing the activities entrusted to us as an executive power," the announcement said.