Cairo thwarts Abdoulaye Bathily's Libya roadmap
The goal of the UNSMIL boss to create a high-level panel for the running of Libyan elections in 2023 is facing interference on several fronts, with Egypt the project's most fervent critic.
The Libyan prime minister tried to prevent the Senegalese diplomat Abdoulaye Bathily from being appointed right up until the last minute. On 1 September, he addressed a letter to the Security Council in which he stressed his "reservations" about the appointment.
The pan-African organisation recently sent a list to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of four candidates it would like to see head the UN mission in Libya, including two of Africa's diplomatic heavyweights. Africa Intelligence reveals their names.
The war in Ukraine has complicated the appointment of a new UN special representative in Libya, but German diplomat Christian Buck looks like he is in with a strong chance after getting Washington's support. Stephanie Williams is meanwhile due to leave her post as Antonio Guterres' special adviser on Libya at the end of June.
The former Tunisian foreign minister, who previously led the UN mission in Mali, has joined the list of candidates vying for the highly exposed role of UN special envoy to Libya. While he has yet to gain President Kais Saied's support, he has been backed by Algiers.
The decision was as sudden as it was shrouded in mystery: on 15 September, four months before Gabon joined the Security Council, the UN told Gabonese peacekeepers deployed in the Central African Republic to leave the country, citing cases of sexual abuse.
Abdulhamid Dabaiba remains, for the moment, the victor of the reconciliation between Turkey and the UAE, despite being considered illegitimate by parliament speaker Aguila Saleh Issa. The two countries are in favour of an agreement between the prime minister and Khalifa Haftar, while waiting for possible elections.
With the postponement of the 24 December elections all but certain, the army chiefs of staff in the west and east of Libya are intensifying their discussions. The aim is to maintain the ceasefire... and also to stand united against the rehabilitation of the former Gaddafi regime, which badly damaged the military system.
The nomination of Stephanie Williams as special adviser on Libya has for once brought pro- and anti-Haftar lobbyists into agreement. Both camps are against her return, laying the blame for the current political crisis on her.
With UN Special Envoy for Libya Jan Kubis stepping down on 10 December, negotiations to find a successor are escalating in New York. Antonio Guterres has appointed Kubis' predecessor Stephanie Wiliams as his special adviser to take over in the meantime.
With Iraq still without a government, German company Monarch has already been able to carry out a real-life test of its democracy protection service. The privately owned group carried out physical and cyber security audits during the country's last parliamentary elections.