The Libyan Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha issued a statement Saturday, following the decision of the Head of Presidential Council Fayez Al-Sirraj to suspend him from his position, saying he was ready to undergo investigations for the protests’ issues, but he asked that the investigations be in public and aired live on TV as per democratic regulations.
Bashagha added that he was dismayed at the security measures taken by some armed groups which don’t operate under the Interior Ministry of the GNA, saying that they had done acts that underestimated the dignity of Libyans who were demonstrating peacefully.
On Friday, Al-Sarraj suspended the Interior Minister Fathi Bashagha from work pending administrative investigations, saying Bashagha should undergo investigations in 72 hours to come for giving permissions for Libyans to protest and demonstrate and for giving protection to the protesters in Tripoli and other cities.
The decision also appointed the deputy minister of interior Khalid Ahmed Al-Tijani to replace Bashagha temporarily with all sovereign and administrative authorities.
Meanwhile, the Tripoli Joint Force of the Joint Operations Room in western Libya was appointed by the Presidential Council to take up security operations in the capital in coordination with the Interior Ministry and relevant authorities.
The Presidential Council requested that the Joint Force present its reports on daily security conditions in the capital periodically.