Libyan The Libyan parliament has approved a new transitional unified government. This paves the way for the embattled North African country to have its first elections since the violent ouster of dictator Muammar Qaddafi in 2011. 

The national elections have been ambitiously slated to take place on December 24.

Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the United Nations-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), transferred power on Tuesday to Prime Minister Abdelhamid Dbeibah and Mohammad Younes Menfi, who chairs a three-member presidential council.

Dbeibah and his cabinet were sworn in during a ceremony in Tobruk. Dbeibah, 61, is a wealthy businessman from the western port city of Misrata, who once served in the government of Qaddafi. He is also known to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and close to Turkey.