The Western-backed Libyan government in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based government are moving closer to some sort of power-sharing agreement, according to UN officials familiar with the ongoing talks, and have reached a basic “consensus” on the main points of how it will work.
Details aren’t being released on this framework agreement, but both sides are to submit a list of names for possible candidates in key positions in the unity government, including a list of prime ministers who would be agreeable to them.
The split between the two governments is both ideological and territorial, and stems in part from Tobruk PM Abdullah al-Thinni, who back when they were the Tripoli government refused an appointment as PM, then refused to hand over the position to the parliament’s next choice, a Misratan.
The power dispute ultimately set the stage for the Misrata militia to back its own government, which took Tripoli,.and when the remnants of the old Thinni government fled to Tobruk, they reappointed Thinni as premier. Khalifa al-Ghawi is the current PM in Tripoli, though the position is officially only “acting” premier.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- Cluster Bomb Attack Against East Syrian Village Kills at Least 30 Civilians - June 28th, 2017
- Russia: Trump and Putin Probably Should Talk During Hamburg Summit - June 28th, 2017
- US Special Forces Deployed to Kurdish City on Turkish Border - June 28th, 2017
- ISIS Looks to Expand Presence in Northern Afghanistan - June 28th, 2017
- South Korea Leader Reverses Stance, Now Backs Trump Against North Korea - June 28th, 2017