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UN Warns Libya Could Be Divided Again, Urges 2022 Elections

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah

Abdul Hamid Dbeibah

Photographer: Chris J. Ratcliffe/Bloomberg
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United Nations (AP) -- The United Nations' political chief warned Wednesday that Libya could again see two rival administrations and a return to instability, calling for elections as soon as possible to unify the oil-rich North African nation.

Undersecretary-General Rosemary DiCarlo told the U.N. Security Council she is encouraged by support for a U.N. initiative to convene a joint committee from Libya's rival House of Representatives and High State Council with a goal of reaching agreement by both bodies “on a constitutional basis that would lead to elections this year.”