Representatives of two rival administrations that for more than 18 months have split Libya’s government in two signed a UN-sponsored political agreement on 17 December, setting a timetable for the formation of a government of national unity. The deal, signed in Skhirat near the Moroccan capital Rabat, brought together delegates from the internationally recognized government in Baida, and the unofficial Government of National Salvation in Tripoli.

The agreement has come in the context...