Libya makes 'first step' towards ending crisis

Libya's General National Congress deputy president Saleh al-Makzom (right) and head of the Tobruk-based House of Representatives Mohamed Ali Shoeb gesture after signing a deal on a unity government on December 17, 2015, in the Moroccan city of Skhirat. Rival Libyan politicians signed a deal on a unity government despite opposition on both sides, in what the United Nations described as a "first step" towards ending the crisis. PHOTO |FADEL SENNA | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Rival Libyan politicians signed on Thursday a deal on a unity government despite opposition on both sides.
  • World powers have urged the warring factions to break a political deadlock that has allowed jihadists and people-smugglers to flourish.
  • The heads of both parliaments have warned that the agreement has no legitimacy and the politicians signing the agreement represented only themselves.

SKHIRAT, Morocco

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