The State Council, part of a UN brokered political agreement, holds a meeting to elect their Head of Council in Tripoli, Libya, April 6, 2016. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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In seeking to establish its authority in the chaos of Libya, the U.N.-backed new unity government has two major trump cards – control of state funds and fears of rising militant influence. Prime Minister-designate Fayez al-Sarraj's Government of National Accord has so far managed to win broad support, experts and local sources say.By undercutting support for its rivals among Libya's armed groups and positioning itself as a bulwark against Daesh (ISIS), the Sarraj government appears to be gaining ground.The country has been split between rival powers since a militia alliance seized control of Tripoli in mid-2014, forcing the government backed by the internationally recognized parliament to flee to the country's far east.After setting up his headquarters at a naval base last week, Sarraj won the support of key players including the central bank and the National Oil Corporation, the backbones of Libya's economy.The unity government has also won the support of 10 cities that had been under the control of the Tripoli administration.Concerned by the growth of Daesh just across the Mediterranean from Europe, Western governments have mulled sending troops against the militants in Libya, insisting however that they be invited by an internationally recognized unity government.
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