Libya rivals agree to hold polls: UN | The Daily Star
12:00 AM, March 01, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:06 AM, March 01, 2019

Libya rivals agree to hold polls: UN

The head of Libya's internationally recognised government and a military strongman who backs a rival administration in the country's east have met and agreed to hold elections, the United Nations said yesterday.

Unity government leader Fayez al-Sarraj met Khalifa Haftar on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, where they agreed "on the need to end the transitional phase through general elections and on ways to preserve the stability of #Libya and unify its institutions," the UN's Libya mission UNSMIL tweeted.

The leaders had agreed to a Paris-brokered deal in May 2018 to hold a nationwide election by the end of the year.

Libya has been torn between rival administrations and a myriad of militias since the Nato-backed overthrow and killing of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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