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Libya Government of National Accord's Prime Minister Fires Interior Minister Amid Protests

Sputnik News

22:35 GMT 28.08.2020

CAIRO (Sputnik) – The prime minister of the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), Fayez Sarraj, has fired Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha amid the ongoing protests in the western part of the country, the GNA said in a statement.

"Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha will be fired and subjected to administrative proceedings," the statement said on late Friday.

The GNA added that Bashagha had to leave his post over the remarks about the rallies, as well as abuses during the protests.

Deputy Interior Minister Khalid Ahmad Mazen has been appointed acting interior minister.

Mass rallies erupted on Sunday in Tripoli and other GNA-controlled cities with demonstrators demanding better living conditions, the resignation of the current government and an end to corruption in the war-torn country. According to Libyan media, the protests resulted in clashes between security staff and a number of protesters. Following the reports about the clashes, Sarraj admitted that the security forces had resorted to excessive violence while dealing with the rallies.

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