Libyan Prime Minister Sarraj looking to resign soon - Bloomberg
The Prime Minister of Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, is planning to announce his resignation soon, but will remain in caretaker capacity through negotiations for a new government for the war-torn country in Geneva next month, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday, citing officials.
The report arrives amid mounting pressure on Turkish-backed Sarraj over protests against poor public services and living conditions in the North African country.
Turkey's military support for Sarraj has been critical to helping his U.N. -recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in pushing back a 14-month campaign to capture the capital city of Tripoli by rebel General Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is backed by Russia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, among others.
Sarraj’s resignation would effectively relieve some of the pressure on himself while setting the stage for his exit after talks to be held among the parties to the Libyan crisis in Geneva, Bloomberg said, citing two officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.
During next month’s meeting, Libya’s rival factions will be asked to agree on a new presidential council structure that unifies the country’s duelling administrations in addition to scheduling elections, Bloomberg said.
Sarraj is expected to make the announcement by the end of the week, it said, noting that the move is expected to be welcomed by the rival LNA’s regional backers, including Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, while ushering in the talks to unite the oil rich country.