UN back in Libya as unity govt asserts itself ahead of vote

United Nations' envoy to Libya, Martin Kobler (C), holds a press conference with Libyan deputy prime minister of the Government of National Accord, Ahmed Maiteeq (R), on April 17, 2016The United Nations said its staff had returned to Tripoli and Libya’s unity government vowed further steps to assert its authority Sunday, on the eve of a crucial confidence vote. UN envoy Martin Kobler said his staff were back after leaving amid violence in mid-2014, three years after Libya descended into chaos following the NATO-backed uprising that killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi. “The UN staff will be in Tripoli five days a week… I am not visiting Tripoli any more, I am working out of Tripoli,” Kobler said at a joint news conference with Ahmed Maiteeq, deputy head of a UN-backed unity government.

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