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Lamamra withdraws candidacy for UN envoy to Libya

Algeria’s former Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra announced early Friday that he was withdrawing his candidacy for the post of UN envoy to Libya, Anadolu reports.

The 15-member UN Security Council could not reach a consensus on Lamamra, according to Algeria’s state-run news agency.

Lamamra told the Algerian press that he had been invited last month by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take the post.

“I gave my agreement in principle, but consultations carried out by Mr Guterres since then do not seem likely to result in the unanimity of the Security Council,” Lamamra announced.

After serving as the UN’s special envoy to Libya since June 2017, Ghassan Salame quit in early March after the repeated failure of efforts to restore order in the country.

Since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, two seats of power have emerged in Libya: renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar in eastern Libya, supported by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, and the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, which enjoys UN and international recognition.

Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), which is based in the east, launched an offensive to take Tripoli last April which led to chaos and bloodshed but stalled on the outskirts of the city.

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