The United Nations (UN) has welcomed the decision of the Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, to step down by the end of October.
“I commend the courageous decision by Mr. Fayez Serraj, the President of the Presidency Council of the Government of National Accord, in announcing his intention to hand over power to a new executive authority by the end of October,” Acting Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to Libya Stephanie Williams said in a UN statement.
“The President’s announcement comes at a decisive turning point in Libya’s longstanding crisis, when it is clear that the situation is no longer sustainable,” said the statement.
“The onus is now on concerned Libyan parties to fully shoulder their responsibilities before the Libyan people, to take historic decisions, and to accept mutual concessions for the sake of their country,” the statement added
Serraj had announced his intention to step down in October and hand over power to a newly appointed government. “I declare my sincere desire to hand over my duties to the next executive authority no later than the end of October,” al-Sarraj said in televised speech, citing “internal and external conspiracies” and other obstacles to the effectiveness of his government.