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Arab League to Name New Envoy to Libya

(Author: Libyan Gazette Editorial Staff)

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The Arab League will announce the name of a special envoy to Libya on Thursday, according to Mahmoud Afif, spokesperson for the Arab League’s Secretary General.

The new envoy to Libya was originally announced in a ministerial resolution released on the September 8 after members of the league met at the University of Cairo to discuss a successor to the former special envoy to Libya Nasser Al-Kidwa.

In a press conference held after the meeting, the Arab League’s Secretary General Ahmed Abul Gheit said he will be discussing the appointment of a new envoy to Libya with other member states. The new envoy will continue to follow events in Libya closely and build relations with various key political players as well as international groups with interests in Libya’s development.

“The Secretary General of the League, Ahmed Abul Gheit, will inform delegates of member states at their meeting on Thursday of the name chosen for the job,” said Afif.

The political instability and lack of security in Libya that took over the country after the Libyan uprising in 2011 destroyed the Libyan economy.

Currently in Libya there are two main political powers, the UN-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli and the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk. The HoR has previously refused to give the GNA its support and without it the GNA will face challenges in governing the country.

The HoR will soon be voting on whether or not they support the new cabinet assembled by the GNA.

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