French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian attends a news conference with his counterpart Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri in Cairo, Egypt April 29, 2018. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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Egypt and France believe that Libya should move toward holding elections now that there has been "relative progress" in the situation in the war-torn country, Bassam Radi, a spokesman for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday. The United Nations hopes elections can help stabilize Libya, which was thrown into turmoil after long-time leader Moammar Gadhafi was toppled in a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 .A senior United Nations official said in January that the U.N. was committed to helping Libya organize elections by the end of this year, encouraged by the rate at which Libyans have been registering.
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