Libyan PM-designate presents new line-up to parliament


Members of parliament discussed with the Presidential Council the proposed government's programme and names of ministers

The UN has pushed Libyans to form a unity government (AFP)
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Sunday 21 February 2016 10:00 UTC

Libya's prime minister-designate, Fayez al-Sarraj, on Saturday presented the programme of his new national unity government before the parliament of the internationally recognised government ahead of a confidence vote.

"The members of parliament discussed with the Presidential Council the proposed unity government's programme as well as the names of ministers," the Libyan news agency LANA, which is close to the recognised authorities, reported.

It added that the session was adjourned after several hours of "heated debate" and was set to resume on Sunday.

The oil-rich North African country has had rival administrations since the summer of 2014 when the internationally recognised government fled Tripoli after a militia alliance including Islamists overran the capital.

That alliance has established its own administration and parliament called the General National Congress.

The United Nations has been pushing both sides to back a unity government.

The Presidential Council, born of an agreement in December under UN auspices between representatives of the rival parliaments, on Monday proposed the formation of a unity government of 18 members.

Before a confidence vote scheduled for Tuesday, the MPs in Tobruk had asked that Sarraj appear before them.

It was not immediately clear if Sarraj would attend Sunday's session also.