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Libya Presidential Council announces creation of National Reconciliation Committee

Mohamed al-Menfi announced the creation of the committee late on Monday [Getty]

Date of publication: 6 April, 2021

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The body will seek to establish justice and national solidarity among Libyans, Presidential Council head Mohamed Al-Menfi said.

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Libya's Presidential Council announced the creation of a National Reconciliation Committee on Monday, in line with the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum's roadmap for peace.

Presidential Council head Mohamed Al-Menfi told reporters in Tripoli that the body will seek to establish justice and national solidarity among Libyans. 

Presidential council vice presidents Musa al-Koni and Abdullah al-Lafi were also present on Monday.

Al-Lafi said the commission will consist of a chairman and six members, as well as subcommittees tasked with meeting citizens on the ground.

"Selecting the members of the Reconciliation Commission will be very important to its success," al-Lafi was quoted by Egypt Today as saying.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the toppling and killing of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

An array of armed groups arose to fill the vacuum, and many coalesced around the UN recognised unity government or the Gaddafi-era general Khalifa Haftar.

The two camps, each supported by foreign powers, fought for more than a year for control of the capital before Haftar was forced to retreat last year.

In October. the two sides signed a truce, setting in motion a UN-led process that saw a new transitional government installed in February.

The new executive is charged with organising national elections set for December 2021.

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