Libyan Lawmaker, Omar Garmil, Dies of COVID-19

Omar Garmil, the lawmaker representing Zintan City at the Libyan House of Representatives, has reportedly died from coronavirus (COVID-19) related complications in Morocco.

Garmil, who prior to his death participated in the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum meeting in Tangiers, Morocco in late November, reportedly died on Sunday from the disease.

At the Tangiers meeting, Garmil alongside other members of Libya’s House of Representatives, pledged to “end the divisions” that plague their country.

The members of the House of Representatives and Libyan Political Dialogue Forum have all offered condolences to Garmil’s family and Zintan residents for their loss.

The UNSMIL also offered condolences to the family of Garmil, the House of Representatives, Libyan Political Dialogue Forum participants and all Libyans for the death of the MP.

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Morocco has reported nearly 400,000 cases of the virus, including 6,624 deaths, while Libya has recorded some 91,000 cases, including 1,314 deaths.

Libya has been ridden by violence since a 2011 NATO-backed uprising that toppled and killed veteran dictator Moamer Kadhafi, with two rival administrations vying for control of the oil-rich country.

The GNA, resulting from UN talks in 2015, is based in the capital. The east is dominated by the forces of strongman Khalifa Haftar, who backs a parliament elected in 2014 and based in the city of Tobruk.

A ceasefire was signed in late October between the two sides and talks under the aegis of the UN are ongoing to steer the country out of years of bloody turmoil and forge a permanent peace.

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