the head of government Fayez al-Sarraj ready to resign by the end of October

He says he is ready to leave the government in Tripoli after five years marked by conflict. The head of the Libyan Government of National Unity (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, announced Wednesday evening, September 16, his desire to resign by the end of October and give way to a new executive resulting from the interlibyan talks. The objective is to find a political solution to the crisis that Libya has been experiencing since the fall of the regime of Muammar Gadhafi in 2011.

“I announce to all my sincere wish to hand over my functions to a next executive power before the end of October at the latest”, he declared during a brief televised address.

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez Al-Sarraj declares his imminent resignation from the Government of National Unity (GNA)

Since the fall of Moammar Gadhafi’s regime in 2011, Libya has been plunged into political chaos. Two authorities are competing for power: the GNA, based in Tripoli and recognized by the UN, and a power embodied by Marshal Khalifa Haftar, who reigns over the East and part of the South.

“Promising” progress

In April 2019, Marshal Haftar launched an offensive against the capital but after 14 months of deadly fighting, his troops, despite the support of Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Russia, suffered a stinging defeat. to pro-GNA forces, aided militarily by Turkey.

Since then, Libyan rivals have returned to the path of dialogue and meetings have taken place in parallel in Montreux, Switzerland, from September 7 to 9, and in Bouznika, Morocco, from September 6 to 10, to relaunch dialogue and find a political solution to the Libyan crisis.

The commissions responsible for forming a new executive must “choose a new Presidential Council and appoint a new head of government who will take office peacefully,” said Fayez al-Sarraj, welcoming the “preliminary and promising recommendations” of the meetings. Montreux and Bouznika announcing a “new phase to reunify the institutions and prepare for elections”.

Appointed at the head of the GNA under a political agreement signed in Skhirat (Morocco) at the end of 2015 under the aegis of the UN, Fayez al-Sarraj was only able to settle in the capital Tripoli in March 2016. while a multitude of militias made the law there.

In an “extremely polarized” political and social climate, he sought to achieve “as much consensus as possible” between the different parties “but the difficulties were insurmountable”, he said in his speech.

Even today, “some parties persist in betting on a military solution to serve their objectives”, regretted the head of government.

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