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

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

The United Nations’ high envoy for Libya is resigning weeks forward of presidential elections seen as important to the nation’s stability after practically a decade of chaos, the world physique stated November 23.

Jan Kubis determined to step down after simply 10 months within the job. With the presidential vote set for December 24, the U.N. is “working as quickly as possible to ensure continuity of leadership,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric stated at a information briefing at U.N. headquarters.

He did not give a motive for Mr. Kubis’ departure, however stated the envoy did not have any falling-out with Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres. The Geneva-based Mr. Kubis remains to be anticipated to temporary the U.N. Safety Council on November 24, as scheduled earlier than his resignation.

Mr. Kubis, a former Slovak overseas minister who beforehand held high-level U.N. posts in Iraq and Afghanistan, grew to become the pinnacle of the U.N. political mission in Libya in January, after the world physique hunted for practically a yr to fill the delicate job. One main candidate turned it down, some U.N. member nations objected to different solutions and there have been modifications within the job itself.

Libya plunged into turmoil after a NATO-backed rebellion in 2011 toppled dictator Muammar Qaddafi, who was later killed. The oil-rich nation then grew to become divided between rival governments — one within the east, backed by navy commander Khalifa Hifter, and a U.N.-supported administration in Tripoli. Either side is backed by totally different militias and overseas powers.

U.N.-mediated talks led early this yr to the formation of a transitional authorities meant to guide the nation to the December elections. Hopefuls embrace Hifter, Qaddafi’s son Seif al-Islam, former inside minister Fathi Bashagha, parliament chief Aguila Saleh and interim Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, who filed a request to run regardless of guidelines barring him from doing so.

Mr. Kubis has emphasised the election’s significance.

“Holding the elections in Libya, even in less-than-ideal situation, and with all imperfections, challenges and risks, is much more desirable than no elections,” he informed the Safety Council in September. “That could only foster division, instability and conflict.”

Dujarric stated Mr. Kubis’ resignation wasn’t taking impact instantly however did not specify when it might. He emphasised that the U.N. is continuous its work to assist the election course of.

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