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    It’s been praised as historic, but received by many with caution. Libya’s warring sides have agreed to what the United Nations is calling a permanent ceasefire. The deal was signed after nearly a decade of conflict – triggered by the downfall of longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi. Libya’s been in turmoil ever since he was removed from power in 2011. There’ve been two rival administrations – one in Tripoli – and another in the east in Toubruk. Both sides praised the deal and promised to abide by it. But what are the guarantees? And can it end outside interference in Libya? Presenter: Hashem Ahelbarra Guests Mustafa Fetouri, an award-winning journalist and contributor to the Middle East Monitor. Alice Alunni, a Libya researcher at Durham University and an international development consultant. Jason Pack, founder of Libya-Analysis LLC. –

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    In This Story: Hashem Ahelbarra

    “Hashem Ahelbarra is a roving Middle East correspondent for Al Jazeera English. He regularly reports from Afghanistan, Yemen and across the Gulf region. Hashem has covered many of the biggest international news stories in recent years and secured exclusive interviews with many of the major names in world news, including late Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Afghan president Hamid Karzai and former Liberian president Charles Taylor.” – Al Jazeera

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    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.

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