Libya Foreign Minister suspended for ‘administrative violations’ days ahead of conference

Mangoush was suspended for “administrative violations” [Getty]
Libya’s Presidency Council suspended Foreign Minister Najla Mangoush for “administrative violations” and barred her from travelling, its spokesperson confirmed on Saturday.

Libya’s presidential council suspended Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush from her duties Saturday days before an international conference is to make a new push to restore stability to the war-battered nation.

The council opened an inquiry into alleged “administrative breaches” by Mangoush, spokeswoman Najla Weheba told the Libya Panorama television channel.

The El-Marsad news website, which is close to eastern-based strongman Khalifa Haftar, claimed that the council accused her of taking foreign policy decisions without consulting it.

A decree from the council said its vice chairman Abdullah Allafi would head a commission of inquiry that would report its findings within 14 days.

The political infighting in Tripoli comes amid a new international push for fresh presidential and parliamentary elections to help stabilise the war-battered North African nation.

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