The Address | Benghazi – Libya
BENGHAZI – Many protesters outside Benghazi municipality headquarters demonstrated against the United Nations envoy, Ghassan Salamé, on Wednesday.
The protesters were carrying slogans against the U.N. envoy, as well as broomsticks to symbolically degrade him.
The protesters were demonstrating amid the U.N. mission’s preparations to inaugurate its new office in Benghazi. They called on the U.N. to replace Salamé, who in 2017 became the fifth U.N. envoy to Libya after Ian Martin, Tarek Mitri, Bernardino León and Martin Kobler respectively.
The U.N. envoy found himself in hot water after he made a statement a week ago denouncing the operation of the Libyan National Army (LNA) to secure the southern region. Following the backlash, he retracted that statement, which he said was given “a lot of misinterpretations,” then voiced his support for the fight against terrorism in the south.