By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 10 February 2015:
It is reported this evening that Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has sacked Interior Minister Omar . . .[restrict]Al-Sinki, four days after Sinki accused General Khalifa Hafter of being a dictator and called for UNSMIL’s dialogue to be held in Misrata, his home town.
A brief letter has been published announcing Sinki’s departure and the temporary appointment of an army brigadier, Sadiq Salih Abu Harara to run the interior ministry until a new minister is chosen.
Sinki gave a controversial interview last Wednesday to Le Monde when he was in Paris for talks with the French government.
He said that Hafter had “no role in Libya’s future” and described him as a dictator who had planned to kidnap the government. He said he recalled speaking to Hafter several times and asserted that the general had told him that he wished to be president. He warned Hafter had to be isolated “or he will isolate us”.
Sinki also said that the government had struck a deal with Misratan leaders for them to withdraw their forces from the attack on the Sidra oil export terminal. However, he said, hardline Misratan political figures Abdurrahman Sewehli and Salah Badi had managed to scotch the deal. He accused Badi of being responsible for the heavy Misratan casualties that followed a renewed assault on Sidra. He also said that Badi was backed by Qatar.
It was not possible this evening to contact Sinki or the government to confirm the sacking.