Africa Intelligence: Dbaiba Family Pressuring Mangoush, Menfi, and Libyan Diplomats to Postpone Elections – Al Marsad

An article published by Africa Intelligence claims that Libyan representatives at the UN 76th General Assembly were instructed by the Dbaiba government to toe the line and not to mention the 24 December elections. 

The leading news source, Africa Intelligence, published an article claiming that the interim Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdul Hamid Dbaiba, pressurised both Mohamed al-Menfi and Najla al-Mangoush to fall behind his plan to postpone elections.

The article said: “The clan of the Libyan prime minister Abdelhamid Dabaiba has taken advantage of the General Assembly of the United Nations, whose annual general debate took place between 21 and 27 September, to bring the president of the Presidential Council and representative from the east, Mohamed al-Manfi, and the foreign minister, Najla al-Mangoush, into line.”

Furthermore, it claims that Dbaiba’s cousin, Ibrahim Dbaiba, who has been seen accompanying him in foreign visits, was the man behind the plan to pressure the international community to postpone the Presidential and Parliamentary elections. This move goes against the wishes of the Libyan people who overwhelmingly support the 24 December elections.

Ibrahim Dbaiba

“The prime minister had already been busy persuading European governments via various diplomatic channels of the need to delay the elections and extend his tenure at the helm of the country,” said Africa Intelligence.

The GNU’s Foreign Minister, headed by Najla al-Mangoush, was one of the most vocal in its support for the December elections. However, the article reports that “its teams have now fallen into line with the prime minister and Ibrahim Dbaiba, who has been communicating instructions to Libya’s representatives abroad.”

Ibrahim Dbaiba is said to have been absent from the UN General Assembly but “had meticulously prepared the ground in advance and is understood to have spoken to Libyan diplomats directly during the most recent meeting of the UN Security Council on Libya in early September”. He urged them to “lower expectations of the elections being held as planned or even to go as far as to assert that it will simply not be possible to hold them on the scheduled date.”

Given the disturbing and serious claims made by African Intelligence, questions therefore need to be asked from the interim Prime Minister Dbaiba, and also Mohamed al-Menfi and Najla al-Mangoush, on the mixed messages the GNU continues to give to the public and the international community. Questions must also be asked  on the influential role that Dbaiba’s cousin, Ibrahim Dbaiba, seems to be playing in the GNU, overshadowing even its ministers—which is a sure sign of lack of transparency and nepotism.

The 24 December Presidential and Parliamentary elections have been agreed by the LPDF Roadmap and the UN Security Council, in addition to 2.8m Libyan citizens having registered to vote.