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UN welcomes Libyan Prime Minister's decision to step down

September 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The United Nations welcomes the decision by Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister to step down by the end of October, a UN statement released Thursday said.

(CNN)The United Nations welcomes the decision by Libya's internationally recognized Prime Minister to step down by the end of October, a UN statement released Thursday said.

The Prime Minister of the Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, Fayez al-Sarraj, announced his decision in a televised speech on Wednesday.

"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, citing "internal and external conspiracies" and other obstacles to the effectiveness of his government.

The GNA has often been at odds with General Khalifa Haftar's self-styled Libyan National Army (LNA) and his administration, in the oil rich region in eastern Libya.

Despite UN-led efforts to secure a peace deal between the two factions -- as well as an ongoing UN arms embargo on Libya -- both the LNA and the Tripoli-based GNA have received military and financial support from international actors.

According to military intelligence released by the United States Africa Command, the LNA has received military support from the United Arab Emirates, Egypt and Russia, including on-the-ground support from private Russian military contractors.

Meanwhile, the GNA's counteroffensive against Haftar's attempt to take control of Tripoli has been supported by Turkey, who have provided GNA forces with both military hardware and assurances of on-the-ground support following the signing of a bilateral security deal in November 2019.

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