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    Parliamentarian Khalifa Daghari said that Libya's internationally recognized Torbuk-based Council of Deputies has formed a commission to plan its move to the Libyan city of Benghazi.

    TOBRUK (Sputnik) — Libya's internationally recognized Torbuk-based Council of Deputies has formed a commission to plan its move to the Libyan city of Benghazi, parliamentarian Khalifa Daghari told Sputnik.

    "The formed commission seeks to complete all procedures in moving the parliament for conducting its sessions at its headquarters in Benghazi," Daghari said.

    Elected in mid-2014, the Council of Deputies had to flee to Tobruk due to the threat posed by Islamist militias. The rival and Islamist-dominated New General National Congress was then created in Tripoli, thus splitting the country in two. The two sides came to an agreement on December 17, paving the way to the formation of a Government of National Accord.

    On Wednesday, the Council of Deputies approved the Government of National Accord with a majority of votes.

    The parliament may move to Benghazi within a week, Daghari said, adding that the Libyan army is yet to secure the city and re-establish control over the Benina International Airport.

    Libya has been plagued by violence since 2011 when a NATO-backed uprising toppled longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. Since then, parts of the country were seized by militant jihadists. The Libyan army has been fighting against the militants, liberating the strategic port of Mreisa in Benghazi in late February.

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