Envoy anticipates announcement of Libya unity government

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Bernardino Léon, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), speaks to journalists. UN File Photo/Loey Felipe

The announcement of a unity government in Libya should be made this Thursday, according to the UN envoy for the country.

Bernardino Léon met with parties to the national dialogue during consultations in Morocco on Wednesday.

Libya has plagued by factional fighting and a political crisis since the overthrow of President Muammar al-Qhadafi four years ago.

Two rival governments are fighting for leadership of the country.

Dianne Penn reports.

Mr Léon told journalists that all sides to the dialogue would continue working on the formation of the government of unity.

Speaking in Morocco on Wednesday, he said such a government would "reunite all the Libyans" and allow the country to overcome its security crisis.

He was hopeful that proposals would emerge on Thursday.

"After consultations with all the Libyans participating in this national dialogue, I come here to tell you that despite that we have been waiting for the GNC to make a decision today, and unfortunately this decision has not been the one we were expecting in terms of proposing names for the national unity government. But we have decided to go on and we will continue working on the formation of this unity government, and hopefully tomorrow we will be able to propose this government."

The GNC, or General National Congress, based in Tripoli, is one of the two rival governments in Libya.

Mr Léon said that no obstacle would prevent the proposal of what he called a "strong government."

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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