The Address | Benghazi – Libya
TRIPOLI – The Interior Minister of the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA), Fathi Bashagha, said he is ready to be investigated and to be questioned publicly.
This comes after GNA Prime Minister, Fayez Al-Sarraj, fired Bashagha on Friday and placed him under investigation “within the next 72 hours” over his handling of street protests and a violent crackdown.
Hundreds of people took to the streets in Tripoli over the past week to protest against GNA corruption and deteriorating living conditions. Protesters were attacked by gunmen who opened fire on them on multiple incidents last week.
The ousted minister denied responsibility for shooting protesters and blamed “infiltrators” for the incident.
In an attempt to appease protesters, Al-Sarraj had promised a cabinet reshuffle and a crackdown on corruption.
In a statement, Bashagha expressed readiness for an investigation, but said it should be televised to ensure transparency.
He reiterated that his ministry is not responsible for shooting protesters, adding that he sides with the people’s right to peacefully protest.