April 1, 2016, Brussels-Belgium: 3 Libyan political leaders opposing the UN-backed internationally recognized unity government in Libya have been slapped with EU economic sanctions.
The sanctions have been imposed after several months for hesitation they could directly stall the peace efforts Libya and the formation of a joint unity government in the country.
The asset freeze measures are expected to take effect on April 1st, two days after the members of the Libya's unity government reached Tripoli by ship, defying attempts to keep them out of the city.
The three hit by the sanctions are:
- Nouri Abusahmain- president of Libya’s General National Congress in Tripoli
- Khalifa aal-Ghwell- the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Tripoli government
- Aguila Saleh – president of Libya’s internationally recognized parliament.
According to EU they are very instrumental in obstructing the establishment of a unity government in Libya and such hindering any and all stabilization measures such a government puts in place.