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The Libyan Political Dialogue: The Long Road to Skhirat
On 17th December 2015, representatives from Libya’s two parliaments, municipalities and civil society organisations signed an historical agreement in Skhirat, Morocco. The main factions of the country agreed to the formation of a government of national unity government, a significant step towards ending the civil war that has ravaged the country since 2011. Even though the complex task of regime-change in Libya revealed its deficiencies in the last four years, the latest development represents a glimmer of hope for the future, and shows the importance of providing international support to transitioning countries. However, major challenges lie ahead. The implementation of the agreement will be hindered by the hardliners and moved by growing terrorism activity. Moreover, the stances of the different militias in endorsing and supporting the deal will determine the final success of the Libyan dialogue.