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UN proposes unity government in Libya

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By Euronews  with Reuters
UN proposes unity government in Libya

<p>“Not an easy task,” said Bernardino Leon, the United Nations envoy to Libya, as he announced plans to form a national unity government in the country.</p> <p>Both sides must accept the deal, which aims to end the ongoing conflict between Tripoli’s self-declared rulers and the internationally-recognised government in the east. </p> <p>Leon said a list of candidates had been put forward for the unity government.</p> <p>“The options were not infinite and perfection maybe was not a possibility, but I think that it is a quite reasonably good list of names, politicians, personalities that will do their best I’m sure to take their country out of this crisis,” he announced.</p> <p>The proposal follows months of negotiations. But it faces resistance from Libya Dawn, the Islamist-backed group in control of Tripoli since August 2014. Its parliament, known as the <span class="caps">GNC</span> (General National Congress) has not put forward candidates for the unity government. </p> <p>The UN deal does include <span class="caps">GNC</span> members as well as Mussa al-Kouni, a former senior government official who is in the running for the position of Deputy Prime Minister.</p> <p>“Now the real work starts,” he said. “Basically, now it is up to the Libyans represented by the parliament to decide upon this government. Without that we can’t do anything.”</p> <p>There are fears the proposal for a unity government will further divide the country, which has suffered unrest since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011. However Leon appeared hopeful progress could be made.</p> <p>“All of them will work as a team,” he said.</p>