Tuesday, February 23, 2021

in the midst of the peace process, the Minister of the Interior Fathi Bachagha escapes an assassination attempt


(Ecofin Agency) – On October 23, 2020, several Libyan armed forces and politicians signed a permanent ceasefire agreement after a transitional government had just been put in place pending the elections. However, the country remains in a precarious security situation.

Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bachagha (photo), belonging to the Government of National Unity (GNA), was the target of an assassination attempt on Sunday, February 21, 2021. It was announced a ministry press release published last weekend.

« GNA Interior Minister Fathi Bachagha was the target of an assassination attempt at 3 p.m. on Sunday as he returned to his residence in Janzour », Indicates the press release. According to the information available, the convoy of the official was attacked by an armored vehicle which opened fire with machine guns.

If the minister was not injured in the ambush, this attack reminds us of the precariousness of the security situation in Libya, torn since 2011 by violence as well as by the struggles between the government of east and west.

As part of a UN-sponsored peace process, a new government supposed to lead the country to general elections by the end of this year was put in place on February 5, 2021. But several groups active in the country criticized these talks which were held in Geneva, proof that a long way remains to be covered to put an end to the crisis which the country is going through.

As a reminder, 58-year-old Fathi Bachagha was appointed in 2018, Minister of the Interior of the GNA of Fayez el-Sarraj who was opposed to the government of Tobruk supported by Marshal Khalifa Haftar. Active in the fight against corruption as well as in reducing the influence of militias in the country, he had been a candidate to lead the new unity government alongside the former speaker of the Parliament of Tobruk, Aguila Saleh.

Note that several Western countries condemned the attack, while calling ” all Libyan actors to refrain from any action compromising the stabilization of Libya ».

Moutiou Adjibi Nourou





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