Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister-designate, Fayez al-Sarraj, speaks during a press conference on March 30, 2016 in the capital Tripoli
Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister-designate, Fayez al-Sarraj, speaks during a press conference on March 30, 2016 in the capital Tripoli © STRINGER - AFP/File
Libya's UN-backed Prime Minister-designate, Fayez al-Sarraj, speaks during a press conference on March 30, 2016 in the capital Tripoli
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Last updated: April 5, 2016

Tripoli authorities cede power to Libyan unity government

Banner Icon The authorities in Libya's capital announced Tuesday they were ceding power to a UN-backed unity government in the interests of the divided country.

"We inform you that we are ceasing the activities entrusted to us as a legislative power, presidency, parliamentarians and ministers," said a statement, issued almost a week after prime minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj arrived in Tripoli to assert the unity government's authority.

The statement, received by AFP and published on the website of the justice ministry of the unrecognised Tripoli authorities, said the decision to step aside was taken to prevent further divisions and bloodshed.

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