Libya’s outgoing prime minister, Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh, had a verbal altercation with one of his ministers during today’s cabinet meeting in Tripoli.
The confrontation took place between the premier and the Minister of Environment, Ibrahim Mounir, after the latter voiced concerns about the fuel shortage crisis in Sabha and other cities of the country’s southern region.
Mounir pointed out that he had previously called for monitoring fuel transport vehicles from the time they they leave Tripoli, until they enter Sabha and unload their cargo, and wondered why his suggetsion was not taken into account.
“We do not implement everything you say,” Dbeibeh berated in response. “You are a minister specialized in the environment. Take care of your ministry only”.
The minister then evoked the deadly fuel tanker explosion incident in the southern town of Bent Bayya, which claimed the lives of at least 10 people and dozens were injured. To which an indignant Dbeibeh responded by accusing Mounir of “moral grandstanding” and “abusing the situation”.