Awkward transition?

Libya: 10 things to know about Fathi Bashagha, the other Prime Minister

By Jihâd Gillon

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Posted on February 22, 2022 08:41

Firefox_Screenshot_2022-02-21T14-34-15.768Z Fethi Bachagha, then interior minister, on 1 March 2020 in Tunis. © Mohamed Hammi/SIPA
Fethi Bachagha, then interior minister, on 1 March 2020 in Tunis. © Mohamed Hammi/SIPA

Appointed Prime Minister after a vote by the house of representatives in Tobruk, Fathi Bashagha is expected to succeed Abdulhamid Dbeibeh. But the latter, who is still recognised by the UN, has no intention of giving up his position.

1. Former interior minister 

This early revolutionary with rectangular glasses served as interior minister during Fayez al-Sarraj’s government of national accord.

As such, he was at the forefront when Tripoli forces resisted Khalifa Haftar’s offensive in April 2019.

2. Ambitious

Fathi Bashagha has been very open about his desire to play a leading role in the Libya of tomorrow. This aspiration once put him at odds with Sarraj, who tried to sack him.

3. Misrata

Hailing from the powerful city of Misrata, which is home to some of the country’s best trained and equipped militias, he can count on the support of many of them, just like when he was briefly dismissed in August 2020.

4. The US

Libya’s unofficial prime minister has good contacts abroad, including in Washington, which, through its embassy in Tripoli, talked up the quality of its “partnership” with Bashagha when the latter was

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