Libya, back to two governments

The head of a coalition ruling western Libya and the capital, Tripoli, appears to have reversed a decision to dismiss his administration. The statement, posted on Khalifa Ghweil’s website, has caused confusion. In it he threatens to prosecute any of his ministers who co-operate with the leaders of a UN-back unity government waiting to take national control. Tripoli’s justice ministry had said earlier that ministers were standing aside to prevent further bloodshed. The UN-brokered unity deal, agreed in December, is aimed at reconciling splits after five years of conflict. Libya has been in chaos since the 2011 overthrow of long-serving ruler Muammar Gaddafi by NATO-backed forces. Since 2014 the country has had two competing administrations, the one in Tripoli, which is backed by powerful militias, and the other about 1,000km (620 miles) away in the eastern port city of Tobruk. Some rival lawmakers signed up to the UN agreement to form a unity government but the deal has not yet been backed by all the country’s many militia brigades that formed after the uprising”.


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