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Libya’s rivalling factions agree to share political power

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The two rival governments in Libya, the House of Representatives (HoR) and the General National Congress (GNC) have finally reached a consensus on the main aspects of a power sharing political agreement.

The head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), Bernardino Leon said in a press conference on Sunday evening in Skhirat, that the two factions were able to “overcome their differences” on many of the major issues. He said that this increases the possibility of both groups signing on the UN draft, which will ultimately form a government of national accord.

Leon said that this is the first time ever “that we have the possibility to make it and to have this agreement with all of the parties, all key parties in Libya are on board” he said that all of the parties have made compromises to reach this long-awaited agreement.

According to the Associated Press (AP), Leon is now trying to get the parties to name the candidates for the position of Prime Minister and the two deputies who will lead the government of national accord, and can then work on getting Libya out of the crisis it is in.

Leon said that the GNC has been given 48 hours to finalize and submit the names for the leadership of the positions in the accord government, whereas the HoR has already provided the names of candidates.

Both governments have been arguing for a very long time, at times it even seemed that the dialogue was going to fail, however, the end of these disputes seems near. Leon said that he knows that it is going to be difficult, and he knows that it is going to require a lot of work, but he believes that it will be possible to reach this deadline of the 20th of September with an agreement that will be signed.