As a fragile, temporary ceasefire largely holds in Libya, its warring leaders are a step closer to making it more permanent.
While the head of the UN-recognised Government of National Accord Fayez al-Sarraj has already signed the draft ceasefire deal, renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar asked for an extension before signing.
The talks are brokered by Turkey and Russia, who back the respective rival governments in Libya’s complicated nine-month-old war.
Al Jazeera’s Step Vaessen reports.
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In This Story: Libya
Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.
The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over three million of Libya’s seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.
Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. Parts of Libya are currently split between rival Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.
Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country’s official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.