The Prime Minister of the Libyan unity government, Fayez Serraj, announced on Friday the suspension of the functions of Interior Minister Fazi Bashagha after protests against corruption broke out in Tripoli, the capital.
“Interior Minister Fazi Bashagha will be banned from performing his duties and an administrative act will be opened against him,” said Serraj in a statement collected by the Sputnik news agency.
This decision was made following the former minister’s recent statements about the protests and the abuses against the demonstrators. General Khaled Ahmed Al Tijani was elected interim minister at the head of the interior letter after Bashagha’s dismissal.
The internationally recognized government of the National Agreement of Libya issued a 24-hour curfew lasting four days in Tripoli, the capital, on Wednesday to contain the coronavirus pandemic and in the face of mounting protests.
Libya has been in chaos since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in October 2011, but the situation worsened in April 2019 when the armed forces led by Commander Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive to conquer Tripoli, the headquarters of the recognized United Nations unity government after several years unsuccessful attempts to find a political solution to the fragmentation in various administrations in the country.