Libya: UN-backed PM Al-Sarraj welcomed in Tripoli

Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord of Libya Fayez al-Sarraj walked around Tripoli on Friday morning, shaking hands with locals from the capital as the newly formed government begins to operate in the conflict-torn country.
Al-Sarraj greeted police officers, passers-by, and army officers, later visiting a mosque for Friday prayer. He was greeted by chants of 'Libya'.
Libya's UN-backed Presidential Council met the same day in the Libyan capital after receiving the news that ten cities formerly under the control of their rivals - pledged support to the proclaimed prime minister.
The Presidential Council, or "The Government of National Accord" (GNA), was brought about through a power-sharing agreement, brokered by the UN, which was signed in December. Having arrived in Tripoli by boat on Wednesday, the Presidential Council intends to start their administrative duties from the city's naval base.
Their arrival drew the ire of the militia backed authority which remains in charge of Tripoli, who ordered the GNA to leave or surrender. Reports emerged on Friday, of sporadic gunfire and road blocks leading into the Libyan capital.
Many international powers have acknowledged the Presidential Council as Libya's only legitimate government. However, the council is already facing opposition. Fighting reportedly broke out across Tripoli the day before, in protest at the council's arrival.

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