Tuesday, November 30, 2021

UN envoy to Libya quits a month before elections

UN envoy to Libya quits a month before elections

The UN special envoy for Libya, Ján Kubiš, has quit just a month before crucial presidential elections in the war-torn nation – without giving security council members a clear reason for his sudden departure.

“Mr Kubiš has tendered his resignation to the secretary general, who has accepted it with regret,” UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric told reporters, adding that António Guterres was “working on an appropriate replacement”.

Asked for a reason for Kubiš’s resignation, less than a year into his tenure, Dujarric demurred, saying only: “It’s a question you’ll have to ask him.”

“Mr Kubiš has made it clear that he is not slamming the door today,” Dujarric added, saying the envoy would deliver a monthly update on the situation in Libya, as scheduled, on Wednesday.