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Libya's eastern parliament supports interim gov't after Paris conference
2018/06/04

TRIPOLI, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Libya's eastern-based parliament will support the interim government through "new arrangements" to remove "restrictions" imposed by the UN-sponsored political agreement signed in 2015, Libya's eastern-based interim government announced on Sunday.

The announcement came days after a meeting in Paris that gathered the Libyan political parties to discuss solution to the political crisis in the country.

According to a statement issued by the government on Saturday, eastern Parliament Speaker Agila Saleh held an extensive meeting with the cabinet of the interim government to discuss "new arrangements" related to the work of the government and the central bank of Libya.

Saleh said that "policies will be adopted by the interim government and the central bank of Libya in order to improve the living and service conditions of the people, in accordance with the outcome of the Paris meeting and the foreign tour held by Prime Minister Abdullah Thani in this regard."

According to the statement, the new arrangements for the work of the interim government and the central bank of Libya will be announced "after the holy month of Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr" in mid-June.

These arrangements "revolve around the new policies of the government in order to remove restrictions resulting from the political agreement signed in Morocco in late 2015," according to the statement.

"Coordination was done with Prime Minister Thani, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Ali al-Hebri, and the Army Commander General Khalifa Haftar," the statement said.

Saleh pointed out that "the committee, composed of the parliament and the army's General Command, confirmed during the Paris meeting that the interim government is the legitimate government, and that the parallel government is the so-called government of national accord, which is rejected by the nation's deputies."

Despite signing a UN-sponsored political agreement by the Libyan rival parties in 2015 and appointment of the UN-backed government of national accord, Libya remains politically divided between eastern and western authorities competing for legitimacy.

On Tuesday, France hosted a meeting on Libya in Paris which gathered the Libyan parties to end the Libyan political crisis.

In the meeting's final communique, leaders of different Libyan factions pledged "to work constructively with the UN to hold credible and peaceful elections and to respect election results."

The rival Libyan factions also agreed to hold "credible" presidential and parliamentary elections on Dec. 10.

 

 

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