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Libya talks end without breakthrough in Geneva

Speaker of the House of Representatives (HoR), Aguila Saleh, United Nations Special Adviser on Libya, Stephanie Williams and President of the High State Council of State (HSC), Khaled Al-Mishri, attend a High-level Meeting on Libya Constitutional Track at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 28, 2022. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

UN-brokered talks in Geneva aimed at paving the way for elections in Libya have ended with little progress.

The country’s two rivals for power – the eastern-based House of Representatives and Tripoli’s High State Council – failed to agree on the eligibility of candidates for the polls.

Disputes on this issue led to the postponement of presidential and parliamentary elections at the end of last year.

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Many Libyans fear that without an agreement their divided country, which has seen little real peace since the fall of Muammar Gaddafi a decade ago, could be plunged back into conflict.

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