The Skhirat accord one year later

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A year has passed since the international community joined forces for the UN-sponsored Libyan political agreement, but the process that was supposed to end conflict in the country is very shaky.

The political shortfalls of the UNbacked agreement signed in the Moroccan resort town of Skhirat on 17 December 2015 are evident. The Presidential Council headed by Faez Serraj, whom the Skhirat agreement recognized as the country’s prime ministerdesignate, continues to struggle to exert its authority on the ground despite strong backing from its Western supporters. The proposed Government of National Accord failed to secure parliamentary approval, leaving it in a state of incomplete legitimacy according to Libyan law. Serraj has been widely rejected in eastern Libya, and even in the west there is growing disaffection.

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