Menfi: Only Presidential Council can appoint or sack diplomatic missions

The Head of the Presidential Council, Mohammed Menfi, said in a statement on Sunday that naming or sacking heads of diplomatic missions is a decision that shall be made by the Presidential Council members only.

The Presidential Council called on the Government of National Unity to ask the Foreign Ministry to transfer the files of the diplomats whose terms ended or committed violations to the Presidential Council, considering all the decisions made by the Foreign Ministry regarding ending diplomatic missions overseas annulled.

The Foreign Minister Najla Al-Mangoush informed the Presidential Council in last May about ending the terms of some Libyan diplomats after ending their four-year tenures, calling for appointing replacements.

On Sunday, the Libyan Foreign Ministry said it had rejected the nomination of the Arab League of Libya’s ambassador Saleh Al-Shamakhi for the position of Head of Arab League Mission in Madrid because he had finished his term in his position and no longer represented Libya in the Arab League.

From a legal standpoint, the General Attorney’s Office said the Foreign Ministry’s decisions regarding diplomatic missions are a violation of the laws that permit only the Presidential Council to do so, adding that such decisions put Al-Mangoush into a situation where she should be subject to legal action.


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