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Libya's U.N. special envoy Bernardino Leon announced on Sept. 21 that the text of the U.N. agreement for a unity government based on Libya's political dialogue is final and closed to revisions.The proliferation of competing militias and increasing fragmentation of political and security actors means that, even under a unity government, Libya will need foreign support to help provide security for the GNA and Libya's vital institutions.In western Libya, the militias of the Libya Dawn coalition – an alliance of forces created to counter the eastern army of General Khalifa Haftar – has increasingly fractured under the pressure of its more radical commanders.If Haftar installs himself as the military ruler of Libya, even if only granting him direct control over parts of Libya's eastern region, it could precipitate a devastating regional crisis.Supporting Haftar would foster open civil war between the eastern and the western forces in Libya.If the agreement stumbles over its rejection by some parties, Leon's best option may be to convene the signatories of the Skhirat Agreement – including the HOR, members of the GNC and diverse local parties – and move forward to form a government even without the full, unified support of all parties.
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