officially the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya... is a country located in the Maghreb regioin of northern Africa. Bordering the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Libya lies between Egypt to the east, Sudan to the south east, Chad and Niger to the south, and Algeria and Tunisia to the west... Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. The "bloodless"[15] coup leader Muammar Gaddafi ruled the country from 1969 and the Libyan Cultural Revolution in 1973 until he was overthrown and killed in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. Two authorities initially claimed to govern Libya: the House of Representatives in Tobruk and the 2014 General National Congress (GNC) in Tripoli, which considered itself the continuation of the General National Congress, elected in 2012.[16][17] After UN-led peace talks between the Tobruk and Tripoli governments,[18] a unified interim UN-backed Government of National Accord was established in 2015,[19] and the GNC disbanded to support it.[20] Since then, a second civil war has broken out, with parts of Libya split between the Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.[21] As of July 2017, talks are still ongoing between the GNA and the Tobruk-based authorities to end the strife and unify the divided establishments of the state, including the Libyan National Army and the Central Bank of Libya.

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