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Algeria grants itself power to intervene in Libya

Although Algeria has long maintained its neutrality on the fighting in neighboring Libya, it has amended its constitution to allow itself to take military action if needed.
Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmadjid Djerad prepares to cast his ballot at a polling station in the capital Algiers, during a vote for a revised constitution, on November 1, 2020 - Polls opened in Algeria today for a vote on a revised constitution the regime hopes will neutralise a protest movement which at its peak last year swept long-time president Abdelaziz Bouteflika from power. (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi unveiled the Cairo Declaration initiative June 6 to end nine years of civil war in neighboring Libya. The plan calls for a cease-fire, an elected presidential council with representatives from Libya’s three regions and an 18-month transition period until elections are held.

“There can be no stability in Libya unless peaceful means to end the crisis are found that include the unity and integrity of the national institutions,” Sisi told a press conference in Cairo, flanked by Libya’s eastern military strongman Khalifa Hifter and the speaker of the Tobruk-based parliament, Aguila Saleh.

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