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Libyan interior minister restored to post after talks

Libyan interior minister restored to post after talks

LIBYA’S internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) on Thursday restored the interior minister to his post after announcing his suspension last week following protests over living conditions. Fathi Bashagha said in a statement posted online that he had been reinstated after a five-hour hearing about the protests and the role of the security forces. An influential figure from the port city and military power base of Misrata, Bashagha is well regarded by the GNA's foreign backers and played a central role as it repelled a 14-month assault on Tripoli by eastern-based forces. However, there have been longstanding tensions between…
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Libya’s unity govt takes office

Libya’s unity govt takes office

LIBYA’S new unity government took office yesterday from two warring administrations that had ruled eastern and western regions, completing a smooth transition of power after a decade of violent chaos. Fayez al-Serraj, the presidency council head and prime minister in the outgoing Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli, embraced his successor as premier Abdulhamid Dbeibeh as he gave up his powers. "I am here today consolidating the principles of democracy," he said at a brief ceremony. Dbeibeh's government, which emerged from talks involving the United Nations, was approved last week by the country's long-divided parliament. It is mandated to…
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