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Libya rivals announce unity government

19 January 2016, 15:37

Benghazi — Rival Libyan factions negotiating through a U.N.-brokered process have announced a unity government aimed at stemming the chaos that has engulfed the country since its 2011 uprising.

In a statement received by The Associated Press early Tuesday, the Unity Presidential Council says it has agreed on a 32-member Cabinet with members drawn from across the country.

Also Read: UN envoy urges Libyans to form unity govt without delay

The council includes representatives from Libya's two rival parliaments, which meet in the capital, Tripoli, and in the far east, as well as delegates from other factions.

The agreement is part of a U.N.-backed process that has been rejected by other members of both main factions.

It's not clear where the new government would be based or if it can govern the oil-rich North African country. The Unity Presidential Council meets in neighboring Tunisia.

- AP

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