Libyan rivals hold new talks in Morocco

Representatives of competing Libyan camps started talks in Morocco on Friday, according to an AFP report, as part of ongoing attempts to end nearly a decade of violence.

Since the NATO-backed uprising that ousted long-time dictator Moamer Kadhafi in 2011, oil-rich Libya has been riven by civil war.

The UN National Accord Government (GNA) has its headquarters in the capital, while the House of Representatives, which does not recognize the Tripoli administration, has its headquarters in the east.

Despite attempts by eastern military strongman Khalifa Haftar to restart fighting, a shaky ceasefire between the two sides, negotiated in Geneva last October, has largely held.

The meeting will be held in the Moroccan coastal town of Bouznika, south of the capital of Rabat, with 13 delegates from the House of Representatives of Tobruk and 13 from the High Council of State of Tripoli advising the GNA.

The GNA said the talks will concentrate on appointments to key institutions in the country — already the focus of past talks in Morocco in recent months — such as the Electoral Commission, the Central Bank and the Anti-Corruption Commission.

At the UN-backed talks in Egypt, Libyan envoys decided on Wednesday to hold a constitutional referendum prior to the elections scheduled for December 24.

Libyan delegates voted in separate talks in Geneva earlier this week to pass a system to select an interim executive to rule before the December elections.

Educator, writer and legal researcher at Alafarika for Studies and Consultancy.

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