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UN special envoy to Libya resigns a month ahead of elections demanded by the international community

WorldUN special envoy to Libya resigns a month ahead...

  • More than 2.8 million Libyans have registered to vote in the presidential and legislative elections on 24 December

  • Jan Kubis’ unexpected decision threatens to derail the peace process

vertical turn for Libya’s future, NS Resignation UN special envoy for the country a month of important elections Legislative and presidential legislation sought by the international community jeopardizes the roadmap to peace. Slovakian January Cabbage He submitted his resignation on Tuesday, surprising local and international actors involved in the quest for peace. Strongly criticized for his decision, Kubis insisted on holding these elections despite the dangers in the current context.

“With regret” has accepted the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio GuterresKubis’ unexpected resignation, according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric. “Mr. Kubis has made it clear that he won’t close the door today“Dujarric responded without specifying when the diplomat would step down.” He said, more than anyone, he does not want the mission to be destabilized in any way,” he said. they don’t know the reason Which has prompted the former Slovak foreign minister to resign from his post since January.

Gaddafi and Haftar, candidates

next December 24 The Libyan society is called for elections to elect its president and legislative representatives. in large quantity 2.8 million Libyans They have already registered to vote in a UN-backed process in which Kubis played a key role. NS International community Much is at stake in these elections after world leaders such as the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, the Italian President, Mario Draghi, or the US Vice President, Kamala Harris, emphasized the need to “get to the polls”. freeFair, inclusive and credible.”

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Also this Tuesday, the Election Commission of Libya announced 98 candidates for the presidential race, including Son of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, and Eastern Military Commander, Khalifa Haftari, At the same time, Leela Ben KhalifaA prominent activist of the National Movement party, has become the first woman to run for the presidency of Libya. “We are fully aware of the election calendar and we are working as quickly as possible to ensure continuity of leadership,” Dujarric said.

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Chaos erupts in Libya after dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s NATO-backed coup 2011, More than a year ago, there were two main parties to the civil conflict – government of national agreement internationally recognized and headquartered in Tripoli, and Libyan National Army The east of the country – led by Haftar – agreed to a ceasefire. Taking advantage of the reconciliation, a United Nations political forum called for parliamentary and presidential elections as part of a roadmap to end the civil war.

As the country prepares for a controversial appointment on the 24th, Kubis’ resignation threatens Derail the peace process. Last July, the former UN special envoy to Libya accused saboteurs of trying to obstruct a vote to unite the divided nation. NS security Council He supported his diplomat’s allegations and claimed that any individual or group that undermines the electoral process could face UN sanctions.

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