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Libyan premier takes back decision to resign

Libya's GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) speaks with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha (L) during a graduation ceremony for a new coastguard cadets in the port of Tripoli on January 3, 2019 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images]
Libya's GNA Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (R) speaks with Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha (L) during a graduation ceremony for a new coastguard cadets in the port of Tripoli on January 3, 2019 [MAHMUD TURKIA/AFP via Getty Images]

Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj said on Friday he took back his decision to resign at the end of October, Anadolu Agency reports.

Sarraj will remain in office until the ongoing intra-Libyan political dialogue talks come to an end, Libyan government spokesman Galib al-Zaklai said on Twitter.

This came a day after the High Council of State urged al-Sarraj, the head of the Presidential Council, to stay until a new presidential council is selected in order to avoid a political vacuum and for Libya's stability.

The UN Support Mission in Libya and the parliament in Tripoli also called on al-Sarraj to postpone his decision, citing "reasons of higher interest."

Al-Sarraj announced in September his "sincere desire" to hand over duties to the next executive authority no later than the end of October.

READ: Libya's state council urges al-Sarraj to remain

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