Accused of having asked his Minister of Foreign Affairs to meet with the head of Israeli diplomacy, Abdel Hamid Dbeibah is cornered from all sides. Will he cling to his post as Libyan Prime Minister?
While, at a meeting that took place ten days ago in Benghazi, el-Menfi, Salah and Haftar had demanded an end to Western interference in Libya, a leading personality had been conspicuous by his absence: that of Abdel Hamid Dbeibah. The Libyan Prime Minister, who clings to his post despite the request of the House of Representatives to leave the Prime Minister, in February 2022, disagrees with the three men who have started mediation.
Abdel Hamid Dbeibah will now have great difficulty in maintaining any legitimacy. First, because in mid-August he failed to channel the Tripoli militias he was supposed to control. Dbeibah was powerless as these militias bloodied the Libyan capital.
In recent days, it is the people of Tripolitania who have decided to demand the departure of Dbeibah from the prime minister's office. It has now been three nights in a row that demonstrators have marched through the streets of the Libyan capital. They are protesting against a meeting, which took place in Rome, between the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Dbeibah government, Najla al-Mangoush, with the head of Israeli diplomacy, Elie Cohen.
A mission ordered by Dbeibah?
Muscular demonstrations during which the Libyans demanded the resignation of Dbeibah and his entire government. Because the Prime Minister has tried to calm things down by dismissing his Minister of Foreign Affairs. But that did not change the game: Dbeibah is pushed to the exit, to the delight of his rivals.
The Libyan Parliament in Tobruk had met to request an investigation from the Attorney General of Tripoli, into what amounts to treason. The parliamentarians want to know what role the Prime Minister played in this meeting with an Israeli dignitary. The High Council of State, too, reacted by asking that Dbeibah be struck ineligible if he was involved in this interview between al-Mangoush and Cohen.
Accusations of Israeli interference have surfaced. About thirty personalities have, in a forum, called for the opening of a judicial inquiry. And Dbeibah will have a hard time getting out of this misstep after the entourage of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Najla al-Mangoush, assured that the head of Libyan diplomacy had been commissioned by… Dbeibah himself. Evidence is also potentially in the possession of Najla al-Mangoush's office.