BENGHAZI, Libya – Libya's U.N.-established presidency council has effectively given the go-ahead for 18 government ministers to start work, even though they have not received backing from the parliament based in the country's east.
Monday's development is an effort to bypass a political deadlock that continues to grip this North African country.
The council was created under a U.N.-brokered unity deal to reconcile Libya's many political divisions. But it has failed to secure a vote of confidence by the country's internationally-recognized parliament, based in Tobruk, a city in eastern Libya.
The U.N. deal also created a de facto Cabinet to administer the country under Prime Minister-designate Fayez Serraj.
Divisions in the Tobruk parliament between boycotters and supporters of the new government have prevented the house from reaching a quorum to endorse the council.