Opposition Libyan groups sign peace deal

Libya’s civil war has started with anti-regime protests in 2011

A United Nations-brokered peace accord has been signed by Libya’s two main opposing factions, loyal to either the General National Congress in the capital Tripoli, or the House of Representatives based in Tobruk, who are internationally recognised.

The deal was signed in Morocco and stipulates that a presidential council will lead a unified government, representing both groups.

Questions remain about whether the opposing sides will fully embrace the peace deal and work together, with reports of internal disagreements remaining, but Libya’s troubles are also more complicated that a simple split between two groups.

Since the NATO-backed revolution that overthrew Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, security has broken down in the North African nation. Many rival insurgent groups have emerged, including some loyal to Al Qaeda and Islamic State.

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