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TRIPOLI: A Libyan unity government was formed

#TRIPOLI: A #Libya n unity government was formed on Tuesday under a UN-brokered deal aimed at ending years of bloodshed, but it was unclear whether the leaders have wide support from the warring sides.

World powers are appealing to the country’s rival parliaments to back the new administration to break political paralysis that has provided fertile ground for militants and people-smugglers.

But less than half of the members of the two parliaments signed up to the UN-sponsored agreement last month.

The unity government, headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, who was named prime minister-designate under the UN-sponsored accord, comprises 32 ministers, the administration announced on its Facebook page.

Sarraj, a businessman in his 50s from the capital Tripoli, holds degrees in business management and architecture and was a member of a committee that paved the way to national dialogue in Libya.

UN envoy Martin Kobler urged the country’s internationally recognised parliament, the House of Representatives, to “promptly convene” and endorse the unity government.

Published in Dawn, January 20th, 2016