| 25 May 2024, Saturday |

U.N. chief plans to name former Senegalese minister as Libya envoy

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to name a former Senegalese minister to head the organization’s efforts to mediate peace in Libya, according to a letter obtained by Reuters on Thursday.

The 15-member U.N. Security Council must unanimously approve Abdoulaye Bathily’s appointment as the organization’s special representative for Libya. On Friday night, if there are no protests, Bathily’s appointment will be approved.

Bathily would replace Jan Kubis, who stepped down in December. Guterres had informally proposed two other people to fill the role, but the Security Council could not agree.

Libya has had little peace since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising that ousted longtime autocrat Muammar Gaddafi, splitting the nation in 2014 between rival eastern and western factions and dragging in regional powers. Libyan oil output, a prize for the warring groups, has repeatedly been shut off.

Libya’s worst fighting for two years suddenly hit the capital, Tripoli, on Saturday. The clashes erupted and ended suddenly.

  • Reuters