Abdoulaye Bathily, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Libya, is scheduled to provide a briefing to the UN Security Council today, on the latest developments in the country.
The briefing, set for 4 PM Libya time, comes on the heels of monumental events within Libya’s political landscape. Earlier this month, the High Council of State elected a new leadership under the direction of Mohammad Tekala, replacing former president Khalid al-Mishri. Violent clashes also broke out in the city of Tripoli last week, resulting in dozens of casualties and injuries and raising concerns about potential setbacks to the political process.
Most recently, Libya’s eastern and western central bank branches announced the unification of their administration.
Mr. Bathily is expected to address these pivotal events during his briefing, in addition to providing updates on the political roadmap and ongoing efforts to establish a constitutional framework for national elections. He previously stated that some proposed laws by the joint committee may “create political conflicts.”
Last month, Mr. Bathily informed the Council of his intention to convene key Libyan stakeholders to negotiate compromises on contentious issues through inclusive dialogue. However, parliament speaker Aguila Saleh asserted that Mr. Bathily does not have the authority to lead a Libyan dialogue process.