The head of Libya’s UN-recognised Government and its unity chief of National Accord on Wednesday said he planned to step down within six weeks as part of efforts to broker a peace agreement.
Since the 2011 NATO-backed uprising which toppled and killed dictator Muammar al-Gaddafi, Libya has endured almost a decade of violent chaos.
Fayez al-Sarraj’s GNA has battled against a rival administration in Eastern Libya under the leadership of strongman Khalifa Haftar, whose offensive against the regime in Tripoli recently ground to a halt after more than a year of deadly conflict.
The two sides met for peace talks in Morocco in August after a surprise ceasefire and pledged national elections.
Sarraj in a brief televised address on Wednesday evening said he was willing to leave his post in favour of a new executive determined by the talks.
“I announce to all my sincere wish to cede my functions to the next administration before the end of October at the latest,” he said.
The talks had further outlined the process for determining a new Presidential Council and the appointment of a new head of government who would take office “peacefully”, Sarraj added.
The Unity Chief welcomed the “preliminary and promising recommendations” agreed to during the Morocco dialogue.
The Morocco summit, dubbed the “Libyan Dialogue”, has brought together five members of the Tripoli-based GNA and five from the rival parliament headquartered in the eastern city of Tobruk.
Talks have focused on appointments to the top of the country’s key institutions, with the naming of the heads of Libya’s central bank, its National Oil Corporation and the armed forces the main points of dispute.
Morocco also hosted talks in 2015 that led to the creation of the GNA.