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Sarraj Govt Ministers Begin to Assume Duties in Tripoli

Sarraj Govt Ministers Begin to Assume Duties in Tripoli

Thursday, 11 October, 2018 - 13:45
Fayez al-Sarraj speaks during a conference on Migration management at the EU parliament in Brussels on June 21, 2017. (AFP)
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The new ministers of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), headed by Fayez al-Sarraj, began their work in the capital Tripoli on Wednesday despite the controversy raised by their appointment as part of a cabinet reshuffle that included only three ministerial portfolios.

He appointed Fathi Ali Bashagha as interior minister, replacing Abdulsalam Ashour. Ali Abdulaziz Issawi was named the new minister of economy and industry and Faraj Bomtari as finance minister.

On the other hand, Sarraj’s government still ignores the controversy sparked by the appointment of Issawi, the first deputy prime minister of Libya after the overthrow of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's regime in 2011, as minister of economy and industry.

Al-Ubaidat tribe has stepped up its rejection of the decision, describing Issawi as "a member of the Muslim Brotherhood and one of the main defendants in the assassination of Major General Abdel Fattah Younis, former head of the Libyan army, and his two companions."

In addition to that, 80 elders of the tribe pledged in a statement on Tuesday “to hold Issawi accountable if the state's security and legal organs were unable to do so.”

They strongly condemned UN special envoy to Libya Ghassan Salameh’s support for the appointment of Issawi within the latest government changes.

Meanwhile, Bashagha’s stance is still not clear amid domestic objections. Notably, he served as a militia leader in the western city of Misrata.

However, the interior ministry in Sarraj’s government announced beginning the implementation of the security arrangements plan for Greater Tripoli, saying it will put an end to all negative violations and control of the state on the sovereign sites.

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