Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj to resign at the end of October

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The Prime Minister of the Tripoli-based National Accord Government (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, announced his decision in a televised speech on Wednesday.

“I declare my sincere desire to hand over my functions to the next executive authority no later than the end of October,” al-Sarraj said, citing “internal and external plots” and other obstacles to the effectiveness of his government.

Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General Stephanie Williams welcomed the move in a statement, saying it “comes at a watershed in the long-standing crisis in Libya when it is clear that the situation is more sustainable “.

“It is now incumbent on the Libyan parties concerned to fully assume their responsibilities to the Libyan people, to make historic decisions and to accept mutual concessions for the good of their country,” Williams said.

The GNA has often been at odds with General Khalifa Haftar’s self-proclaimed Libyan National Army and his administration, in the oil-rich region of eastern Libya. The warlord waged a campaign to gain control of the oil-rich North African country of the UN-backed GNA.

Despite UN-led efforts to strike a peace deal between the two factions – as well as the ongoing UN arms embargo on Libya – the Tripoli-based LNA and GNA have received military support. and financial from international actors.

According to military intelligence released by the United States Africa Command, the LNA received military support from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, including field support from contractors. private Russian military.

Meanwhile, the GNA’s counteroffensive against Haftar’s attempt to take control of Tripoli was backed by Turkey, which provided GNA forces with military equipment and assurances of support on the ground following the attack. the signing of a bilateral security agreement in November 2019.

Trump’s White House had taken an active interest in the ongoing conflict in 2019, contacting Haftar. But in recent months, the president’s stance has shifted, with Trump telling those leaders he preferred not to get involved.

CNN’s Nic Robertson, Nada Bashir, Nathan Hodge and Vivian Salama contributed reporting.

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