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    Libyan Rival Parties Agree to Hold Parliamentary, Presidential Vote in 2018

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    The leaders of rival Libyan governments agreed to hold both the presidential and parliamentary elections in the crisis-torn country in 2018, a spokesman of the Egyptian Armed Forces said Wednesday.

    CAIRO (Sputnik) — Libyan Army Commander Khalifa Haftar and head of the country's Government of National Accord Fayez Sarraj participated in two-days negotiations brokered by Egypt.

    The spokesman said that following the negotiations, both Haftar and Sarraj agreed to adopt a statement, including the plans to hold elections in 2018 among other provisions.

    Libya has been in a state of turmoil since 2011, when  longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and a civil war began in the country. In December 2015, Libya’s rival governments — the Council of Deputies based in Tobruk and the Tripoli-based General National Congress — agreed to create a Government of National Accord (GNA), form a Presidency Council and end the political impasse.

    At the same time, some parts of the country are not controlled by the government as they are seized by armed groups, including Daesh.

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