UN Libya Envoy Jan Kubis Resigns Weeks Before Presidential Elections

The United Nations Special Envoy for Libya, Jan Kubis has resigned weeks ahead of Libya’s highly-anticipated and controversial presidential election.

This comes as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, and U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris have pressed the Libyans to proceed with free, fair, inclusive and credible presidential and parliamentary elections on Dec. 24.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres accepted Kubis’s resignation with regret, spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

“The secretary-general is working on an appropriate replacement. We are fully aware of the electoral calendar and are working as quickly as possible to ensure continuity of leadership,” Dujarric said.

The UN is informally suggesting veteran British diplomat Nicholas Kay as a replacement.

However, the new appointment should be held with the consensus of the 15-member UN Security Council.

As part of efforts to end Libya’s civil war, the UN political forum suggested December 24 as data for parliamentary and presidential elections.

Nearly 100 candidates have registered to run in the Libyan election.

Kubis’ resignation affect efforts of the international community to stabilize Libya and facilitate elections to end a decade of chaos and violence. 


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