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Rival Libyan leaders reach a last minute agreement to reduce tension in Tripoli

Efforts ‘in extremis’ by Washington and the UN achieved defuse the crisis and facilitate an agreement between the two rivals

Forces loyal to the country’s eastern Libyan House of Representatives prime minister, FaziBashaga, have withdrawn from their positions near the country’s capital, Tripoli, following a last-minute deal with his political rival and unity prime minister. , Abdel Hamid Dbeibé, to defuse the tension generated by the new state of administrative bicephaly in which the country finds itself plunged.

Efforts ‘in extremis’ by Washington and the UN managed to calm the crisis and facilitate an agreement between the two rivals by which the opening of a channel of dialogue between Dbeibé and Bashaga has been agreed as long as the forces related to the latter refrain to use force.

The agreement also stipulates the rapid opening of the airspace closed for a week by order of Dbeibé, as well as the opening of the coastal highway linking Tripoli with Benghazi.

Bashaga confirmed shortly after that he had agreed to avoid «bloodshed» after giving an order to cease hostilities.

Of course, he took the opportunity to criticize his rival for refusing to accept mediation to get out of the crisis, although the US special envoy in Libya, Richard Norland, has confirmed that a meeting between the two prime ministers is being prepared under the auspices of the UN.

The special adviser to the United Nations Secretary General for Libya, Stephanie Williams, expressed the same opinion. «There are positive reactions from both,» Williams told the Bloomberg agency, to whom he let it be known that everyone is ready to participate in a constructive dialogue, and this can be used.

Last week, the unity government rejected the decision of the House of Representatives to approve Bashaga’s government and reiterated that Dbeibé will remain in office to implement his new ‘road map’, which contemplates holding legislative elections in June 2022, preceded by a constitutional referendum that generates a legal framework for holding the elections.

Likewise, he called it an «absurd act» to end Dbeibé’s mandate due to the postponement of the presidential elections on December 24 and to elect a new prime minister, before stressing that the motion of confidence was carried out «with falsifications and without following the internal procedures and regulations» of the House of Representatives.

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