Libya Talks Participants Will Vote On New Interim Government By Reuters

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(Reuters) – Participants in talks about Libya’s political future were preparing for a vote on Friday morning to select a new interim government, part of a UN process aimed at resolving the country’s decade of chaos with elections in December. Candidates for prime minister and for roles on a new presidential council have been auditioning during the week in live-streamed sessions and joined on four lists Thursday. Participants in the talks were expected to meet to vote on the four rival lists at 07:30 GMT. Libya has had little peace since the NATO-backed intervention that ended Muammar Gaddafi’s four-decade rule in 2011. Since 2014 it has been divided between warring administrations in the west and east, backed by foreign powers. The latest UN process grew out of a conference in Berlin last year and accelerated in the fall after Khalifa Haftar’s eastern-based forces were repelled from a 14-month assault on Tripoli. The process has also involved a military ceasefire, but not all of its terms have been met, a sign of continued mistrust on both sides and internal fractures within both camps. All candidates for the new transitional government have pledged to hold national presidential and parliamentary elections on December 24 in which they will not run for office.

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