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What the new UN envoy to Libya should do first

The new UN special representative to Libya, Martin Kobler, must strive to regain the trust undermined by his controversial predecessor, Bernardino Leon.

Martin Kobler has taken on the role of the UN secretary-general’s special representative in Libya, and he faces a daunting task: overcoming his predecessor's betrayal of the country's trust. 

Libya has been divided into two rival governments for more than a year. In August 2014, the armed alliance Libya Dawn was able to take over Tripoli, forcing out the official, internationally recognized government, which relocated to Tobruk. Kobler's predecessor, Bernardino Leon, was tasked with uniting both sides to form one government.

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