By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 7 November 2021:
The three-person Presidency Council of Libya yesterday suspended the country’s Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush from her post and barred her from travelling outside the country.
The Presidency Council said there will be an investigation into her administrative violations for acting unilaterally in foreign policy affairs without coordinating with the Presidency Council – as prescribed by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF)
An investigative committee to question Mangoush has been created which will submit its results within a maximum of 14 days.
Meanwhile, the government has objected to the decision and given its full backing to Mangoush. In its statement, the Abd Alhamid Aldabaiba-led government statement said the Presidency Council were acting outside their authority as prescribed by the LPDF.
The government asked Mangoush to continue her important work with the same intensity, including towards achieving the 24 December elections.
On the other hand, Mangoush has denied that she had told the BBC in an interview earlier that the man wanted for questioning over the Lockerbie crisis (Abuajela Masoud) could be released or could be questioned, as some Libyan media outlets had reported.
She said that the matter is a legal issue for the Attorney General to decide.