“We Support Najla al-Mangoush” Hashtag Trends as Islamists Attack Libya’s Foreign Minister – Al Marsad

Due to a concerted campaign by pro-Turkey loyalist against the Libyan Foreign Minister of the interim Government of National Unity (GNU), Najla al-Mangoush, after she demanded that all foreign forces and mercenaries leave Libya, a number of activists launched a Twitter campaign under the hashtag #ندعم_نجلاء_المنقوش (We Support Najla al-Mangoush) to support her. 

(Libya, 6 May 2021) – This trending hashtag went against another hashtag launched by a number of Libyan and Arab activists loyal to Turkey under #اقالة_نجلاء_المنقوش (Dismissal of Najla al-Mangoush). This was in protest against her statement on the need for all foreign forces and mercenaries to leave Libyan territory, including Turkish forces and mercenaries working with them.

Many Libyan commentators resented the comments made by Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar, which flaunted by the Turkish Ministry of Defense when he posted his footage in Mitiga while talking about how to sit down and protocol.

The spread of the #ندعم_نجلاء_المنقوش hashtag reflects a massive consensus among Libyans on the need for all foreign forces and mercenaries without exception to exit Libya—whether they are Turks or others—as al-Mangoush asserted. Pro-Turkey loyalists had manipulated her statements to make it seem as if she was demanding the exit of the Turks only and for Russians or African mercenaries to remain.

Many Libyans see the backlash against al-Mangoush because she dared to speak to the Turkish Foreign Minister in Tripoli about the need to respect Libya’s sovereignty.

Al-Mangoushs’s demands, however, are nothing new or strange. She is merely confirming what the what Prime Minister Abdul Hamid al-Dbaiba himself confirmed, as well as the Security Council resolutions and the Berlin outputs, all of which specify need for everyone to leave Libya, without exception—whether by agreements or any other way.

As for the anti-Mangoush hashtag, those who launched escalated their campaign by publishing edited clips of an old video that was published and translated by a page called “Libya Times” that supports Fathi Bashagha and is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood’s Justice and Construction Party. The video shows al-Mangoush in 2019 discussing at a seminary on the situation in Benghazi and the reason why people support the leadership of the Libyan National Army after the outbreaks of terrorism in the city.

Al-Mangoush also said in the same seminar that Fayez al-Sarraj was responsible for the Tripoli war, because in one of the talks with Field Marshal Haftar he had agreed to allow the army to come to Tripoli and handed over camps as part of the efforts unify the army. But Sarraj reneged on his promise and war broke out.

The rest of the video of al-Mangoush’s speech at the seminar was left out by the Islamists, where she talked about some shortcomings in the eastern region, especially on the economic situation, corruption and the alarming situation of human rights. Her explanation as a researcher and academic was balanced on the situation, and she did not show any support except against terrorists who had captured her city, Benghazi.


Threats against Najla al-Mangoush escalated to dangerous leverls over the last few days. The radical Islamist cleric, Sadiq al-Gharyani, who currently lives in Turkey, attacked al-Mangoush going against Turkey, on his channel, Al-Tanasuh, describing her as “mean, despicable, and serving the Zionist project.”

Sami al-Saadi, who is a key member of the terrorist Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), and currently Secretary-General of Research Council at Dar al-Iftaa, living in Turkey too, said on Facebook: “Respect feelings of the families of martyrs. Enough is enough.” And at the end of his post he used the Islamist hashtag against al-Mangoush: #اقالة_نجلاء_المنقوش.


Last night, protest by the Islamist armed groups took a further turn when several militia leaders were invited by Imad al-Trabelsi to meet in the evening at the Tobacco Factory in Tripoli. At the meeting Mohamed al-Hassan, commander of the 166th Brigade of the General Staff, called on militias to mobilize arms and besiege the Presidential Council HQ and Ministry of Interior. 

They denounced Foreign Minister Najla al-#Mangoush and rejected the appointment of Major General Hussein al-Ayeb as head of Intelligence, which would replace Imad al-Trabelsi from the same position as chief of the intelligence services.

The same group then went on to storm the Corinthia Hotel last night looking for the Chairman of the Presidential Council, Mohamed al-Menfi, and Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush.



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