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UN envoy to Libya Abdoulaye Bathily resigns

Special representative of the secretary general for Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya(UNSMIL) Abdoulaye Bathily has resigned.

He said on Tuesday (16 April), “Efforts to foster dialogue and address the concerns of Libyan politicians are being met with “stubborn resistance, unreasonable expectations and indifference” on their part, contrary to the national interest.”

Bathily confirmed that he has submitted his resignation to UN secretary general Antonio Guterres when questioned by reporters.

He highlighted a worsening economic situation and warnings by the country’s central bank of an impending liquidity crisis, which has fuelled public anger. He called on the authorities to promptly agree a national budget and better manage State resources.

Bathily highlighted a tense security situation in several parts of the country, including major cities like Tripoli and Misrata, and warned that any escalation of tensions in Libya would exacerbate instability across the wider region of the Sahel.

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