Libya's internationally recognised Parliament rejected UN-backed Peace Deal

Oct 20, 2015 16:10 IST

Libya's internationally-recognized parliament on 19 October 2015 refused to sign the United Nations (UN)-backed peace deal that proposed a power-sharing arrangement with rival Islamist-led authorities.

The internationally recognised parliament is based at far eastern town of Tobruk whereas Islamist-led government is based at Tripoli.

Why the deal was rejected?

On 8 October 2015, the UN's Special Envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon announced a proposal to foster unity between the warring factions along with a list of candidates to head the new body.

However, the Tobruk lawmakers rejected the deal for a unity government because it included amendments added by Islamists without its consent.

According to them, the amendments included in the peace deal would have given the unity government the power to fire all senior Libyan officials not unanimously approved by its members.

Further, they saw this as an attempt to remove their fiercely anti-Islamist army chief, Gen Khalifa Hifter, whose forces have been battling Islamist militias nationwide for over a year.

On the other hand, the government at Tripoli objects to the deal because it does not provide sufficient guarantees that Islamic law will be implemented. Though it did not officially reject the deal but claimed that it would lead to further complications.

The country became politically unstable after Western forces toppled late dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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