Libyan Presidency Council suspends Foreign Minister, government rejects decision – .

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Libyan Presidency Council suspends Foreign Minister, government rejects decision – .


Libyan Foreign Minister Najla el-Mangouch attends a joint press conference following the Libyan Stabilization Conference, in Tripoli, Libya, on October 21, 2021. REUTERS / Hazem Ahmed

TRIPOLI, November 6 (Reuters) – The Libyan Presidency Council has suspended Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush for “administrative violations” and banned her from traveling, her spokesperson said on Saturday.

Spokeswoman Najwa Wahiba confirmed the authenticity of a document circulating on social media ordering Mangoush’s suspension for having conducted a foreign policy without coordination with the council.

The Libyan transitional government of national unity issued a statement on Sunday morning rejecting the council’s decision and praising the minister’s efforts, saying she would perform her duties normally.

The statement, posted on the government’s Facebook page, said the Presidential Council has “no legal right to appoint or revoke the appointment of members of the executive branch, to suspend them or to investigate them.” He added that these powers are exclusive to the Prime Minister.

The Libyan Political Dialogue Forum, an assembly selected by the UN that has established a roadmap for peace in Libya, has chosen a three-man Presidency Council headed by Mohamed Menfi until the elections are held.

The disagreement over the council’s suspension of the foreign minister is likely to increase tensions between rival factions in Libya as they attempt to work together after years of conflict.

(This story corrects the name of the government in the third paragraph)

Reporting by Ahmed Elumami in Tripoli, additional reporting by Moaz Abd-Alaziz and Nayera Abdallah in Cairo, written by Angus McDowall and Nayera Abdallah Editing by Peter Graff and Alistair Bell

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