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Othman Abdul-Jalil: Dbeibeh behind attacks on new cabinet members

Othman Abdul-Jalil: Dbeibeh behind attacks on new cabinet members

Othman Abdul-Jalil, Libya’s new health minister, has accused outgoing prime minister Abdul Hamid Dbeibeh of being responsible for recent threats and attacks against members of Prime Minister Fathi Bashagha’s cabinet.

In a recorded speech released today after he was sworn in as minister, Abdul-Jalil stressed that such threats “will not discourage the new government from moving forward in assuming its duties”.

Abdul-Jalil’s remarks came two days after Hafed Gaddur, who serves as foreign minister in Bashagha’s cabinet, was kidnapped, and later released, by a militia in Tripoli together with two other members of the new cabinet.

Echoing Abdul-Jalil’s allegation in a statement to Italian news agency Ansa, Gaddur also accused Dbeibeh of ordering the kidnapping.