By Harrison Arubu
President of the United Nations General Assembly, Amb. Volkan Bozkir, “warmly welcomed” the approval of Libya’s interim unity government.
The country’s House of Representatives on Wednesday approved the cabinet of interim Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah after two days of intense debate.
According to an agreement negotiated by the UN, the transitional government is to lead the country through elections, scheduled for December 24.
In a tweet, Bozkir said he hoped lawmakers’ decision would help “heal divisions and put Libya on a stable track” for the December elections.
The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) also congratulated the interim government and the Libyan people for the vote.
At the reporters briefing in New York, the UN spokesperson said UNSMIL applauded the House of Representatives for coming together to defend the interests of their country and their people.
“The Mission affirms that Libya now has a real opportunity to move forward towards unity, stability, prosperity, reconciliation and the full restoration of its sovereignty,” said Dujarric.
The interim government was appointed by stakeholders during the UN-led peace talks in Geneva on February 5 following the ceasefire last year.
It replaces rival administrations that plunged the country into a costly civil war after longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted by NATO-backed forces in 2011. (NAN)
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