Peace talks in Libya have agreed to hold elections within 18 months in a landmark peacemaking deal that still faces great obstacles..
At news conference in Tunis, where 75 Libyan participants chosen by the United Nations have been meeting since Monday, United Nations acting Libya envoy, Stephanie Williams said the focus is to encourage the momentum.
She said the meeting had reached preliminary agreement on a roadmap to “free, fair, inclusive and credible parliamentary and presidential elections.
Libya has been in chaos since 2011 and divided since 2014 between rival factions in east and west, with major institutions also split or controlled by armed groups.
The internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) holds power in the capital Tripoli, while Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) holds sway in the east.
On Thursday, a joint military commission is set to hammer out the details of the truce will consider adopting proposals for both sides to withdraw from frontlines.
The talks in Tunis will focus on a new unified transitional government to oversee the run-up to elections.