02:22 GMT30 November 2020
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    CAIRO (Sputnik) - The chairman of the Libyan High Council of State, Khalid al-Mishri, has on Thursday urged the head of the UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez al-Sarraj, to postpone his resignation until a new Presidential Council is elected.

    In an address to the head of the GNA, al-Mishri said that the ongoing intra-Libyan negotiations should allow for a new Presidential Council to be formed in the near future.

    "In this regard, you are required to continue to perform your duties until the election of a new Presidential Council in order to avoid a political vacuum and ensure the stability of the country", al-Mishri said.

    Al-Sarraj in September announced his intention to stand down as the head of Libya's Tripoli-based government after more than four years in office. At that time, al-Sarraj said that he would transfer his powers to a new executive authority by the end of October.

    Following the 5+5 Libyan Joint Military Commission's successful talks one week ago, which resulted in an agreement on a permanent ceasefire, the UN-mediated Libyan Political Dialogue Forum is expected to hold an in-person meeting in Tunisia on 9 November, following Monday's virtual session.

    Libya is currently governed by the GNA and the rival Tobruk-based eastern parliament. The latter has cooperated with the Libyan National Army, led by General Khalifa Haftar, and has the support of Egypt and the United Arab Emirates.

    power transition, Libya, Fayez al-Sarraj, military
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