Mayor of the Libyan town of Gharyan Youssef Ibderi (L) meets with Mayor of the municipality of Abu Salim Abdulrahman al-Hamedi before attending an interview with Reuters in Tunis, Tunisia, December 5, 2017. (REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi)
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More than 90 mayors from across Libya's political divides are meeting for the first time in an effort to shore up their role in tackling conflict-linked crises and promote themselves as a unifying movement.Despite Libya's oil wealth, public services were weak under Muammar Gaddafi's long rule. As Libya splintered and lawlessness set in following the 2011 uprising that ousted Gaddafi, services steadily collapsed.A U.N.-backed government has largely replaced a self-declared rival in the capital Tripoli, but a third, almost powerless government, has held out in eastern Libya, aligning itself with military commander Khalifa Haftar.
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