Libya's unity government Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj speaks during an interview with AFP in the capital of Tripoli, Nov. 8, 2018. (AFP/Mahmoud Turkia)
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Libya's key political players are set to meet global leaders in Italy next week, in the latest bid by major powers to kick-start a long-stalled political process and trigger elections.A summit in Paris in May had seen the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA) and eastern Libya strongman Khalifa Haftar agree to hold national polls on Dec. 10 . In September, both Italy's defense minister and its parliamentary speaker partly blamed France for Libya's security crisis, which continues to simmer some seven years after the NATO-backed uprising toppled Gadhafi.Rome and Paris have for months been at loggerheads over Libya's election timetable. While France repeatedly endorsed the December date, Italy opposed it. For Claudia Gazzini, a Libya specialist for the International Crisis Group, a solution requires better coordination and not just between France and Italy.
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