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.As Libya splintered and lawlessness set in following the 2011 uprising that ousted Gadhafi, 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.The Hammamet meeting, which was facilitated by the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based private diplomacy organization, brings elected mayors from the west aligned with the U.N.-backed government together with eastern mayors, some of whom, like Abbar, owe their positions to Haftar.
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