Libya's Presidential Council calls for transfer of power to unity government

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Posted: Mar 12, 2016 4:52 PM

TUNIS (Reuters) - Libya's U.N.-backed Presidential Council called on Saturday on the country's institutions to begin a transfer of authority to a unity government, and appealed to the international community to stop dealing with any rival powers.

The Presidential Council nominated a unity government last month, but recognition of the proposed cabinet has been held up by the failure of Libya's eastern parliament to vote to approve it.

However, the council said in a statement on Saturday that a document signed by a majority of the parliament's members backing the new government, as well as the endorsement by other political figures, represented a "green light to start work".

(Writing by Aidan Lewis)