02/11/2020

Head of Libya’s Government of National Accord withdraws resignation following unannounced visit to Turkey

TRIPOLI — Following an unannounced trip to Istanbul two weeks ago, the head of the Turkish-allied Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, withdrew his resignation.

Al-Sarraj is reported to have met with head of Turkish intelligence Hakan Fidan during the trip.

In mid-September, al-Sarraj unexpectedly announced his resignation just prior to the announcement of a Russian–Turkish brokered ceasefire in the country.

On Thursday, the Libyan Supreme Council of State loyal to the Tripoli-based GNA, requested al-Sarraj postpone his decision to hand over power until a new presidential council is chosen.

Head of the Benghazi-based Libyan House of Representative Akila Saleh, allied with the General Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA), accused Turkey and other countries, as well as the Muslim Brotherhood, of making efforts to reduce Egypt’s role in solving the Libyan crisis.

Egypt has supported the LNA in Libya’s civil war and has increased its role in the conflict in response to Turkish support for the GNA.