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Head Of Libya’s UN-Backed Government Presents Plan To End Crisis

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Fayez Serraj, the head of Libya’s UN-backed government, on Sunday proposed a political initiative to end the North African country’s long-running crisis amid fighting over the capital Tripoli.

Serraj, who said this at a news conference, called for holding a Libyan forum in coordination with the United Nations.

According to him, this will bring together all national powers and components of Libyan society to work toward reaching a peaceful and democratic solution and building a civil state.

Last month, Khalifa Haftar, the chief of the so-called Libyan National Army (LNA), ordered his forces to capture Tripoli from the Serraj government. The fighting there has since descended into a stalemate and displaced thousands of civilians.

The violence has raised global fears that UN efforts to find a political solution to Libya’s eight years of unrest may be derailed.

During the forum, a road-map for the coming period and a proper constitutional rule would be established in order to hold presidential and parliamentary elections before the end of 2019.

The forum would also adopt laws on the electoral process, which will set the dates of the polls, according to the initiative.

The UN would be responsible for organising and supervising the elections, and committees under the supervision of the UN would be formed to guarantee the availability of funds and security arrangements to hold the polls.

The forum would also agree on mechanisms for decentralisation, the best use of financial resources, fair and comprehensive development across Libya and transparency and good governance.

A supreme commission for reconciliation would then emerge from the forum, and a mechanism would be created to activate the transitional justice law to hold those who committed war crimes accountable. (NAN)

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