By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 6 May 2013:
Libya’s General National Congress (GNC) is going to discuss tomorrow, Tuesday, in its regular sitting, the . . .[restrict]position of Chief of Staff Major-General Yousef Mangoush. Questions have been raised about his performance in rebuilding the army.
Seven out of the 12 members of the GNC’s Defence Committee voted to replace Mangoush saying he did not have the ability to rebuild the army of Libya. The other five disagreed saying that replacing Mangoush at this point would set back military restructuring.
The committee was asked by Congress to provide two basic elements in its proposal, Jumaa Sayah, its chairman told the Libya Herald. The first is comprehensive reasons why he should be replaced and the second, alternative names.
Sayah added that Mangoush was giving a specific period of time in which to start rebuilding the armed forces but had been unable to do so.
On 19 April, several hundred army officers meeting in Brega demanded the government sack Mangoush within ten days. On 29 April, a number of army officers and civil society activists took part in a demonstration in Benghazi demanding Congress to remove Mangoush claiming he was unable to protect Libya’s sovereignty. [/restrict]