A fighter from Libyan forces allied with the U.N.-backed government aims his weapon during a battle with Islamic State fighters in Sirte, Libya August 21, 2016. REUTERS/Hani Amara
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Libya's parliament Monday voted "no confidence" in a U.N.-backed government, in a major blow to international efforts to bring unity to the deeply divided North African country. The vote could severely undermine the fledgling government, which Western nations see as the best hope for combatting a potent Daesh (ISIS) affiliate and curbing human trafficking. Libyan forces allied with the government have driven Daesh out of much of its former bastion in the coastal city of Sirte with the aid of U.S. airstrikes.The parliament convenes in Libya's far east, but the U.N.-backed government is based in Tripoli.Libya has been mired in conflict since the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi, and split between rival parliaments and governments, based in Tripoli and the east, each backed by an array of militias and tribes.
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