Fayez al-Sarraj, the head of Libya’s internationally-recognised government, has said he wants to quit by the end of October and hand over power to a new executive authority as efforts to find a political solution to the country’s years-long conflict gather pace. Al Jazeera reports that in a brief televised speech on Wednesday, al-Sarraj said United Nations-brokered talks between the country’s rival factions have led to a “new preparatory phase” to unify Libyan institutions and prepare for parliamentary and presidential elections. Al-Sarraj is head of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord, while eastern Libya and much of the south is controlled by renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army.