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A commitment by key Libyan actors to hold elections in December faces multiple obstacles, including the lack of a legal framework for polls and escalating conflict in parts of the country.Tripoli Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, eastern commander Khalifa Haftar and the leaders of two rival parliamentary assemblies endorsed – but did not sign – an eight-point statement that set the date for parliamentary and presidential elections on Dec. 10, with a commitment to establish the constitutional and legal basis by Sept. 16 .The issue is central because opponents of Haftar, the dominant figure in eastern Libya and a possible candidate for president, want to ensure that presidential and civilian powers over the military are clearly defined before polls are held.Haftar says he is ridding Libya of Islamist extremists and is committed to the electoral process.
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