Libya’s three-member Presidential Council said in a decree that Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush took foreign policy decisions without consulting the council.
The UN-backed Libyan presidential council has suspended Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush, accusing her of not coordinating foreign policy with the council.
The three-member body, part of the internationally recognised Government of National Unity which serves as Libya’s president, also barred Mangoush from traveling abroad pending an investigation into what it described as her monopolization of foreign policy, according to a decree published on Saturday by the council.
The presidential council opened an inquiry into alleged “administrative breaches” by Mangoush, spokeswoman Najla Weheba told the Libyan Panorama TV channel on Saturday.
Libya has struggling to realize free and fair election for the last ten years, suffering war crimes and repeat offensives by Warlord Khalifa Haftar, supported by countries such as France, Egypt the UAE and Russia.
The UN-sponsored Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) took place in the first weeks of 2021 to form a transitional government that will take Libya to elections on December 24.
Elections around the corner
General Haftar has walked away from the negotiating table multiple times in favour of military offensives against the UN-backed GNA. In January 2020, Warlord Haftar walked away from a possible resolution to 9 months of fighting held in Moscow.
After the first Berlin conference held in January of the same year, Haftar nonetheless continued to fortify military positions and ignore UN calls for the end of violence and withdrawal of foreign mercenaries who form the the bulk of Haftar’s military forces throughout multiple operations meant to capture Tripoli, home to the UN-backed Libyan government.
Haftar will respect Libya’s future elections remains unconfirmed, given his bombing of Libya’s first elected parliament in 2014.
World leaders will come together in an international summit on Libya to be held in France on November 12 in hopes of finding a solution to a decade of civil war ahead of upcoming elections.