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Libya’s UN-backed PM Sarraj says he wants to quit by end of October


Issued on: 16/09/2020 – 22:48

Libyas internationally recognised Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said on Wednesday he wants to quit by the end of October, which could feed political tensions in Tripoli amid new efforts to find a political solution to the countrys conflict.

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“I declare my sincere desire to hand over my duties to the next executive authority no later than the end of October,” he said in a televised speech.

Citing the work of UN-sponsored talks in Geneva, he pointed to progress in agreeing a way to unify Libyas fragmented state and prepare for elections.

Sarraj is head of the Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli, while eastern Libya and much of the south is controlled by Khalifa Haftars Libyan National Army (LNA).

The civil war has drawn in regional and international powers with the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia backing the LNA and Turkey supporting the GNA.

However, both sides are made up of unstable coalitions that have come under stress since Turkey helped the GNA turn back a 14-month LNA assault on Tripoli in June.

“This is effectively the starting gun for a new round of maneouvering for what comes next,” said Tarek Megerisi, a policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

“Ultimately itll leave the GNA as an entity, and western Libya, a bit degraded,” he added.

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