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Libya, on Saturday, welcomed the appointment of the Senegalese, Abdallah Batili, as a new UN envoy to the country, to succeed Slovakian Jan Kubis.
This came according to separate statements from the Presidential Council, Prime Minister of the National Unity Government, Abdel Hamid Dabaiba, and the Prime Minister-designate from Parliament, Fathi Bashagha.
In its statement, the Presidential Council praised “Bateli’s experience, his knowledge of the Libyan file and his efforts while evaluating and studying the structure of the United Nations mission to Libya.”
He stressed “the role of the United Nations in supporting the Libyans’ endeavors to reach peaceful solutions to go to the parliamentary and presidential elections as soon as possible.”
The Council expressed its hope that “Mr. Bateley, with his vast experience, will contribute to helping the Libyans transition to the modern civil democratic state that all the Libyan people aspire to.”
For his part, Dabaiba welcomed the appointment of Batili as the new UN envoy to Libya.
He said in a tweet: “We affirm our full support for his (the new envoy)’s work, and we will push for a comprehensive political solution that will expedite the issuance of a consensual constitutional basis for holding the elections.”
In turn, Bashagha said through his official account on Twitter: “We welcome the decision of the United Nations to appoint Mr. Abdullah Batili as a Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the Support Mission to Libya.”
He added, “We look forward to cooperation and joint work in a way that contributes to the stability of Libya, the consolidation of the principle of peaceful transfer of power, and the holding of elections according to a roadmap that guarantees the availability of standards of integrity and transparency.”
Neither the Supreme Council of State nor the House of Representatives issued an immediate comment on the appointment of the new UN envoy to Libya.
And at dawn on Saturday, the United Nations announced the selection of the Senegalese diplomat as a special representative of the Secretary-General in Libya and head of the United Nations mission there.
In his most recent assignment with the United Nations in 2021, Batelli served as the Independent Expert for the Strategic Review of UNSMIL.
He previously held the position of Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission “MINUSMA” between 2013-2014, the position of Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Central Africa, and Head of the United Nations Regional Office in Gabon (2014-2016).
In 2018, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Madagascar, and served as an independent expert for the 2019 United Nations Office for West Africa’s Strategic Review.
Oil-rich Libya is witnessing a political division and power struggle between two governments, one headed by Bashagha, who was assigned by the House of Representatives in early March, and the other led by Dabaiba, and refuses to hand over power except to a government that comes through an elected parliament.
As a result of differences between the official Libyan institutions over the electoral law and the role of the judiciary in the voting process, it was not possible to hold presidential and parliamentary elections that were scheduled for last December 24, and so far no new date has been agreed upon.
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