US imposes sanctions on opponent of Libya peace plan

US imposes sanctions on opponent of Libya peace plan
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20 April, 2016
The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Khalifa Ghweil, the head of the Tripoli authority, who is accused of undermining Libya's UN-backed peace process.
Khalifa Ghweil is the only Libyan official named in the US sanctions list [AFP]

The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on a senior Libyan official accused of undermining the country's UN-backed peace process.

President Barack Obama authorised the US Treasury to target all enemies of the peace plan and the agency named Khalifa Ghweil, who runs the Tripoli administration.

The US decision follows a similar one taken by the European Union against Libyans opposing the installation of a new UN-backed unity government.

Ghweil was the only named figure added to the Treasury sanctions list, but Obama's executive order allows US officials to target all opponents of the peace plan.

The order sanctions all those that "threaten the peace, security, or stability of Libya or obstruct or undermine the Libyan Government of National Accord."

The international community sees the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) under prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj as the best hope for war torn country.

But some of the factions that have seized chunks of the country since dictator Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and killed in 2011 do not recognise the accord.

Ghweil, who heads a rival authority which has armed supporters and controls much of the capital Tripoli has not submitted to the new regime.

The recognised Libyan parliament in Tobruk on Monday postponed a vote of confidence on the new UN-backed regime because of "major differences."

According to the Treasury, any assets held by Ghweil in areas under US jurisdiction will be frozen.

"Today's action also complements the European Union's designation of Ghweil on April 1, 2016 for undermining the political transition in Libya," it added.