MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The head of Libya’s UN-backed government, Fayez Sarraj, on Sunday announced a cabinet reshuffle after armed clashes in Tripoli in August required international mediation.
Fathi Bashagha was named interior minister, Ali Al-Essawi was given the post of economy chief, Faraj Bumatari became the new finance minister, and Bashir Gantri was named youth and sport minister, according to the Libya Observer, a local news website.
Since late August, Tripoli has been hit by multiple clashes between rival militant groups. In September the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA) declared a state of emergency in the capital city and its surroundings.
Libya has been in turmoil since the overthrow of its long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. It is divided between two governments — in Tripoli and in the country’s east. The UN-endorsed Government of National Accord in the west is led by Prime Minister Sarraj.