UN proposes unity government in Libya
RABAT, Oct 9: Following a series of talks, the United Nations has proposed formation of a unity government in Libya expecting ease of the tensions in the North African country.
Bernardino Leon, the UN special envoy, presented a paper on the formation of unity government in Morocco late on Thursday. For over one-year Libya has been caught up between two rival governments.
Leon said the prime minister of the new government would be Fayez Sarraj who has been a member of Tripoli-based administration. The UN-prepared list included three deputies for the prime minister who will represent country's east, west and south and two ministers to complete a presidential council.
"We believe this list can work. All of them will work as a team. This was not an easy task," said Leon after unveiling the proposal. The deal, however, needs to be backed by the rival parliaments with few MPs casting doubt on it.
Libya has seen an existence of dual parliaments -- one backed by Islamist in Tripoli and the other that is international recognised in the eastern part of the country.
"After a year of work in this process, after working with more than 150 Libyan personalities from all the regions, finally the moment has come in which we can propose a national unity government," Leon said during the press conference in Skhirat.
Libyan politicians have faced increasing pressure from the West to reach agreement on a unity government. Libya has suffered years of unrest since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown in 2011.