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Libya's eastern administration hands power to interim government

Abdallah al-Thani (R), the former head of Libya's parallel eastern government receives a delegation from Tripoli during a handover ceremony in Benghazi.   -  
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It's a move many were waiting for in the quest for a long-lasting peace.

Libya's eastern administration has officially handed over power to a new executive led by interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah.

A government that is hoped to unify the war-torn country and steer it towards elections later this year.

The new Government of National Unity will replace both the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord and the parallel cabinet headquartered in Eastern Libya's Tobrouk, that have been at war for the past 6 years.

Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah was sworn in last week after parliament approved his cabinet. A move hailed by key leaders and foreign powers as "historic" in the Libyan peace-process.

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