New cabinet to replace dual government in Libya

New cabinet to replace dual government in Libya

- The International presidency council in Libya has called for a new cabinet  with the aim of cancelling the present government.

- A member of the council who is in support of the ideas says it would help curb terrorism

- Libya has been in  a political turmoil since the death of Gadafi

New cabinet to replace dual government in Libya

Libya has two rival governments, one in Tripoli, and the other about 1,000km (620 miles) away in Tobruk

The internationally-backed presidency council in Libya has proposed a new cabinet for the country which has had two competing government since 2014.

The proposed council will be put to a vote in parliament this week and the foreign powers are of the view that the presidency powers will form the basis for Libya’s future government.

The existence of two competing governments and the lack of stability has allowed militants and so-called Islamic State to operate.

Ahead of the proposition for a new cabinet, one member of the presidency council, which includes Libya's future prime minister has urged the parliament to endorse the new line-up, saying it would provide the framework to fight terrorism.

Its first proposal in January was rejected for being too big and was marred by divisions over who would occupy senior security posts.

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Libya's presidency council was formed with the signing of a UN-brokered political agreement in December. Its members are still working outside of Libya because rival factions in the capital, Tripoli, and their militia backers, are still opposed to the political agreement.

Even if the parliament endorses the new cabinet, questions over the security arrangements for the new cabinet and when it can move to the capital, remain largely unanswered. Western diplomats and ministers are eager to see a unity government in place so they can seriously weigh their military options in helping to fight the expansion of the so-called Islamic state in the country.

There have been increased public calls, from Washington to Paris, on the need for the military to address what they see as a growing and dangerous threat on Europe's southern shores. Some have even suggested that they may not wait till a new government is in place. However, regional players like Egypt and Libya's other neighbours, including Algeria and Tunisia, have voiced concerns over any unilateral, Western military action. They fear it will further destabilise the region.

Libya has been in a political turmoil after the death of its military president and dictator Muamar Gadafi  was killed. Thousands of people have died in Libya as a result of violent crashes.

 

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