TEN THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT – Abdoulaye Bathily has finally taken office, a year after the departure of his predecessor. A look back at the career of this seasoned diplomat who will have the heavy task of convince the government of national unity installed in Tripoli and the faction led by Marshal Khalifa Haftar to return to the negotiating table.
His appointment was laborious. Abdoulaye Bathily was indeed appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, in August, but his candidacy was initially rejected by Tripoli. The position had been vacant since the resignation, in November 2021, from the former special envoy, the Slovak Jan Kubiš. The Security Council itself had refused several names in the past.
In Libya, the Senegalese will be responsible for establishing dialogue between the two rival parties in order to pave the way for the organization of elections, while dealing with the divergent interests of the countries of the region and the other States involved, including Russia.
UN: Libya opposes appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily