Libyan Government Denies Opening Investigation into Foreign Minister

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On Monday, the official Spokesman for the Government of National Unity (GNU), Mohamed Hammouda denied all rumours circulating online claiming that the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla Al-Mangoush was being investigated.

In a statement, Hammouda said that government decision No. 67, which requires the formation of a ministerial investigation committee, is false and baseless, calling on Libyans to always verify the validity of decisions through official government accounts.

Notably, Libya’s first female foreign minister has come under pressure to resign by a number of armed militias in Tripoli, after she called for Turkish troops and mercenaries to leave the country.

Al-Mangoush, a lawyer and human rights activist, was appointed as foreign minister by the country’s interim prime minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba.

On Saturday, a militia in Tripoli stormed a hotel used by the unity government, demanding the whereabouts of Al-Mangoush and searching vehicles.

The US Ambassador to Libya, Richard Norland defended Al-Mangoush, saying the criticism must stop. “We fully support foreign minister Mangoush’s unambiguous call for the departure of foreign forces in the interest of Libyan sovereignty and stability,” he said.