Libya’s rival governments reject UN peace deal
A Libyan man holds a placard during a protest against the national unity government proposed by United Nations envoy Bernardino Leon on October 9, 2015 in Tripoli's central Martyrs Square. (AFP/Mahmoud Turkia)
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Rival factions in Libya have rejected a recent UN-brokered agreement on the formation of a national unity government.
Reacting to the deal, Mahmud Abdel Aziz, a lawmaker from the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC), said on Monday that it would deepen rifts in the North African nation.
"This government is rejected... it will deepen differences between the Libyan people," media outlets quoted Abdel Aziz as saying.
The Tripoli-based government has been demanding amendments to the UN-proposed peace agreement for Libya.
Meanwhile, Ali Tekbali, a lawmaker from the internationally recognized parliament, which is based in the northeastern city of in Tobruk, also dismissed the UN plan, saying the government it has proposed is one of "divisions, not unity."
Tekbali also noted that UN special envoy for Libya, Bernardino Leon, "wants to impose a fait accompli on us."
The Tobruk-based parliament members are expected to meet on Monday to discuss the UN-proposed unity government.
Leon, the head of the UN Support Mission to Libya (UNSMIL), has proposed the formation of a unity government in the violence-hit country.
Since August 2014, when militias seized the capital, Tripoli, Libya has had two parliaments and two governments with one, the GNC, run by the rebels in the capital and the other, which is internationally-recognized, based of Tobruk.
Talks have been held between the two sides for months, with Leon trying to produce an agreement that will lead to the formation of a government and an end to the militancy in the country.
Libya has been grappling with violence and political uncertainty since 2011.