World leaders and diplomats will meet in France on Friday for an international conference aimed at ensuring Libya sticks to a plan to hold elections in December and turn a new page in its history.
The hydrocarbon-rich North African country has been mired in civil war since the overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in a 2011 uprising, with the bloodshed drawing in competing factions, groups and regional powers.
The presidential vote on Dec. 24 and legislative elections are the core parts of a U.N. plan to help restore stability, but the calendar has been under pressure as tensions resume between rival camps.
There are also fears over whether the various factions will recognize the results of the polls, which could mark a turning point for a country that has become a major departure point for migrants seeking to cross the Mediterranean for Europe.
Almost 30 countries and organizations will be in Paris, including Libya’s neighbors and countries that have been split over the conflict.
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