U.N. Libya envoy bows out as presidential vote approaches

Libya plunged into turmoil after a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who was later killed

The UN ambassador to Libya will resign in the weeks leading up to the presidential election, which he considers crucial to the country’s stability after nearly a decade of defeat, said the world organization said Nov. 23.

Jan Kubis decided to resign after 10 months in office. As the presidential election takes place on Dec. 24, the United Nations will “work as quickly as possible to ensure continued leadership,” spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a news release. at UN headquarters.

He did not explain why Mr Kubis had left, but said he had no quarrel with Secretary -General Antonio Guterres. However, Mr Kubis, who lives in Geneva, must notify the UN Security Council by 24 November, as planned before resigning.

Mr Kubis, a former foreign minister from Slovakia who previously held senior UN positions in Iraq and Afghanistan, became head of the UN political mission in Libya in January after nearly a year. the global organization is seeking a vulnerable position. One of the candidates was rejected, some UN members opposed other proposals, and the situation changed.

Libya was in turmoil after defeating leader Muammar Qaddafi, who was later assassinated, in a NATO -sponsored attack in 2011. The rich country was then divided between rival nations – one in east, supported by military leader Khalifa Hifter, and the UN support agency in Tripoli. Both sides are supported by separate militias and foreign governments.

Negotiations negotiated by the United Nations led to the formation of a coalition government earlier this year to lead the country in elections in December. Hifter, Qaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam, former Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha, parliamentary leader Aguila Saleh and caretaker Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah are expected and appealed for legislation to prevent he is out of action.

Mr Kubis stressed the importance of the election.

“The electoral system in Libya is more unsatisfactory and, with all its flaws, challenges and risks, is more desirable than the absence of elections,” he told the Council. of the Defense in September. “It can help with division, instability and conflict.”

Dujarric said Mr Kubis’ resignation was not announced immediately, but he did not confirm when it would take effect. He said the United Nations would continue to support the election.

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