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 United States and France are worried that Wagner, which is already heavily involved in the Central Africa Republic and Mali, is now trying to get a foothold in Congo. Fears that the mercenary group might be trying to set up shop in the port of Pointe-Noire are being taken very seriously.
As chairman of the AU's High Level Committee on Libya, the Congolese president has dispatched his foreign minister to the country to oversee mediation efforts. Meanwhile, the pan-African body is lobbying in New York to have one of its candidates chosen to head up the UN support mission.
Abderrahmane Hassan Déby Itno, a nephew of the late president Idriss Déby, has secured a long-haul business jet for the Chadian transitional authorities to travel around on official business. The low-profile businessman has long played an important role in public procurement.