TRIPOLI, Oct. 5 (Xinhua) -- Libya's internationally recognized parliament House of Representatives (HOR) on Monday decided to extend its mandate beyond its expiry date on Oct. 20, a parliament spokesman said in a press conference on Monday.
Faraj Buhashem said that lawmakers had amended the constitutional declaration and the HOR will hand over power after a new body is elected.
Buhashem added the move was aimed "to avoid pressure on the HOR during the UN-sponsored peace dialogue."
Libya has been witnessing a frayed political process after the 2011 turmoil which toppled its leader Muammar Gaddafi. The country is now juggling two rival parliaments and governments.
According to Libya's transitional plan, the June-elected parliament, the HOR, has already replaced the former interim General National Congress (GNC).
However, the armed Islamist alliance Libya Dawn, which has achieved a series of military progress since July in western Libya, backed the GNC to resume power and form its own government against the new one.
The UN has brokered several rounds of dialogues between the conflicting parties since last September, but clashes persisted despite a truce agreed by the warring factions.