Libya: national unity government declares sacking of foreign minister illegal


07 Nov 2021 23:13 STI

Tripoli [Libya], Nov. 7 (ANI / Sputnik): The Libyan Government of National Unity (GNU) announced on Sunday that Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush would continue in office as she considers the dismissal decision taken by the Presidency Council as illegal.
On Saturday, the Libyan Presidency Council said it had suspended Mangoush for his recent statements on the Lockerbie bombing case involving former Libyan intelligence officers and had banned him from traveling to awaiting an investigation.
The GNU, in turn, asserted that the Presidency Council had no right to make such decisions.

“Based on the powers of the executive branch represented by the GNU and the powers of the Presidency Council, as determined by the provisions of the Political Dialogue Forum in Geneva, the Council does not have the legal right to appoint or cancel the appointment of members of the executive, suspend their work or conduct investigations against them, “the GNU said in a statement posted on Twitter.
Only the head of government has such powers, the statement noted.
With this in mind, the Council of Ministers ordered Mangoush to resume work, the GNU added.
Libya ceased to be a united country in 2011, when its leader Muammar Gaddafi was ousted and assassinated. In March 2021, the GNU was formed as part of the international mediation effort to end conflicts between the Government of National Accord and the Libyan National Army. The GNU will be in power until the general election.
The presidential and legislative elections, both scheduled for December 24, were one of the main outcomes of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum held under United Nations auspices in Geneva last February. (ANI / Sputnik)


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