New UN Envoy

The UN on 30 October approved the appointment of Germany’s Martin Kobler to replace Spain’s Bernardino Leon as Special Representative in Libya. Mr Kobler formerly headed the UN mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Mr Leon's year as UN Special Representative to Libya failed to deliver an agreement on the formation of a government of national unity. Following several months of negotiations, Mr Leon announced on 8 October the names of candidates for posts in the unity government. Fayez Sarraj, a member of the unofficial parliament in Tripoli, was lined up as PM.

Mr Leon set a 20 October deadline for all sides to sign the deal. But the internationally recognised parliament in Tobruk refused to sign up. Reservations over the deal persist in Tripoli too. The unofficial National Salvation Government says it does not officially reject the deal, but that “signing would lead to further complications.” (CONTINUED - 205 WORDS)