Fayez Serraj, head of the U.N.-backed unity government meets with his team in Tripoli, Libya, Thursday, March 31, 2016. (AP Photo/Mohamed Ben Khalifa)
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Libya's U.N.-backed government is moving to tackle chronic power outages in a key test of the Tripoli-based administration's ability to take control and win support by improving living conditions.The result of a U.N.-mediated deal signed in December, the GNA was meant to replace two competing administrations set up in Tripoli and eastern Libya in 2014 and to end conflicts between the loose alliances of armed groups that supported them.Along with cash crisis and a spate of kidnappings, the power cuts have become a symbol of the limits of the GNA's authority in a city where power lies with armed groups formed during the 2011 uprising against Moammar Gadhafi and its aftermath.Still, the situation remains precarious, with an average shortfall in national power supply that Ammari said stood at about 1,400 MW. Temperatures are likely to rise again in August, increasing the demand for air conditioning.
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