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Libyan PM and Haftar agree national election needed

February 28, 2019 at 9:41 pm

Libya’s internationally recognised prime minister, Serraj al-Fayez, and the military commander of its eastern half, Khalifa Haftar, have met and agreed that national elections are necessary, the United Nations said on Thursday, reports Reuters.

While both were meeting in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday in their first confirmed encounter since November, Haftar’s forces took more land in southern Libya, tilting the power balance towards him at the expense of Serraj’s weak Tripoli administration.

The two men agreed “on the need to end the transitional stages in Libya through holding general elections,” the UN Libya mission (UNSMIL) said in a Tweet.

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“They also agreed on ways to maintain stability in the country and unify its institutions.”

The two last met in Palermo, Sicily, at a Libya conference hosted by Italy.

The UN, supported by Western powers, has sought for almost two years to organise elections as a way of ending eight years of conflict. A proposed date of December 10 came and went due to a lack of progress in resolving differences between rival groups.