Libya descended into chaos with its 2011 uprising, which toppled longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi. The crisis mounted when Libyan National Army (LNA) commander Khalifa Haftar launched an attack to seize Tripoli, the headquarters of the Government of National Accord.
Following battles that lasted for more than a year, the GNA forces regained control over the west of Libya – in June, Haftar forces withdrew from zones that they had control over in the west and northwest of Libya.
On Aug. 22, the two parties declared a prompt and full ceasefire and announced the intention to hold general elections.
The United Nations lauded this ‘significant agreement.