Eastern parliament-appointed premier Fathi Bashaga decides to base his administration in Sirte city after an abortive bid to take the capital Tripoli by force and unseat the UN-backed Dbeibah government there.
The council has agreed unanimously to follow through on Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ recent proposal for up to 60 monitors to join an existing political mission in Libya.
After a decade-long catastrophic fighting, the country’s western and eastern forces take the path of reconciliation. But experts doubt it could end the civil war.
Libya's designated interim PM Abdulhamid Dbeibeh made the statement during his address to the parliament as he urged lawmakers to back his proposed unity government.
The exchange of a first batch of prisoners, supervised by a joint military committee, took place in the southwestern village of al Shwayrif.
Although the negotiations to find a political solution for Libya are ongoing, warlord Khalifa Haftar’s militias, including foreign mercenaries, are building a warlike momentum in the region.
Hundreds of young Libyans first flooded the streets of Benghazi and other eastern cities late, setting piles of tires ablaze, witnesses said, a spontaneous outburst of anger over the area’s crippling electricity shortages.
The violation comes days after the Presidential Council of the internationally-recognised Libyan government and the Tobruk-based so-called House of Representatives, which supports warlord Haftar, agreed to an immediate cease-fire.
The truce aims to make Sirte a temporary seat for a new presidential council to be guarded by police forces from various regions in the country.
25,000 tons of ammonia gas is stored at the port east of the capital Tripoli, which witnessed the use of rocket-propelled grenades in clashes between two factions of forces loyal to warlord Haftar, according to Mustafa Sanallah.
Last week, warlord Haftar's LNA sent militants and weapons to bolster its defence of Sirte, already badly battered from warfare and chaos since the 2011 revolution.
The approval comes after President Sisi warned UN-backed government's military against moving closer to strategic Sirte city, which is under the control of warlord Khalifa Haftar, a Cairo ally.
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