Al-Sarraj to suspend his Interior Minister over disagreement with one of Tripoli’s militias

The Address | Benghazi – Libya

TRIPOLI – The decision to suspend the Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, is on the table of GNA’s Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, sources close to GNA’s Presidential Council told The Address.

Bashagha will be replaced by Brigadier Juma’a Bin Gharbiya who will be appointed immediately after Al-Sarraj fires Bashagha, sources said.

Sources revealed to The Address that this decision came following Bashagha’s disagreements with one of GNA-funded militias; the so-called Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB). Bashagha suspended the ranks of some of militia’s leaders. He also suspended some of its finances which include the provision of clothing, weapons and cars.

A source close to Haitham al-Tajouri, leader of TRB, accused Bashagha of carrying out the agenda’s of Qatar’s Amiri Diwan to bring the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group back to Tripoli.

The source affirmed that the Interior Ministry began to assign a group affiliated with Islamic fundamentalism, with which the Ministry formed an Investigation and Arrest Unit. The Ministry supported this new unit with military vehicles from Turkey and it already began operating inside Tripoli and arrested several militia leaders.

These disagreements exasperated after GNA’s Interior Ministry wiretapped some of Tripoli’s militia leaders last year.

Sources confirmed that Bashagha allowed the entry of a force affiliated with the military council of Misurata under the cover of his Ministry in order to protect him inside the capital.

Leaders of the so-called  Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade (TRB) are currently putting pressure on Al-Sarraj to sack Bashagha, according to the same sources.


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