What Do We Know about Libyan Prime Minister Dbaiba’s Ministers?

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The Libyan Prime Minister-designate of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdelhamid Dbaiba, submitted his cabinet line-up to Parliament. This is a key step towards getting the approval to start running the country for a transitional stage.

The Dbaiba’s cabinet’s list consists of 27 Ministers and 6 State Ministers in addition to 2 Deputies for the Prime Minister.

Dbaiba assigned the portfolio of the Foreign Ministry to Lamiaa Abu Sidry. She previously held the position of women’s representative in the Al-Watan Party and is currently working as an advisor to the Minister of Enterprise Structuring in the government of Fayez Al-Sarraj. She has been representing the Al-Watan Party in several international forums since 2012. Abu Sidry also worked as an undersecretary for the Ministry of Information in Ali Zaidan’s government, and on the Committee for the Return and Follow-up of the Conditions of Libyan Terrorists in Iraqi Prisons.

The position of Minister of the Interior went to Khalid Al-Tijani Mazen, a former brigadier general at the Internal Security Agency. He is currently working as an undersecretary for the Ministry of Interior in the outgoing Government of National Accord (GNA).

Dbaiba did not name a Minister of Defence in his next government, as he indicates that he will assign this role to himself.

Saqr Bojwary has been proposed as the First Deputy Prime Minister. He has been the Mayor of the Benghazi Municipality since October 2018 and is also an engineer and businessman in the field of contracting.

Meanwhile, the Second Deputy Prime Minister, Ramadan Al-Hasnawy, is involved in social and reconciliation programs. He is well-known as a social reformer.

For the first time, the Ministry of Justice is assigned to a woman, Halima Ibrahim Abdulrahman.

Omar Mohamed Al-Ejeli has been selected as the upcoming Minister of Trade. He is a member of Parliament as well as a senior official at the Central Bank of Libya.

The Education Ministry was assigned to Moussa al-Mqraeif. He was the Dean of the University of Ajdabiya. He was dismissed from his post by a decision of the Minister of Education of the government of Al-Thinni in November 2020. A disciplinary council was held for him, and he admitted in the investigations that he had tampered with his academic degree and promoted himself from associate professor to a professor.

Waleed Ammar Al-Lafi was appointed as the Minister of State for Political Affairs. Al-Lafi is a founding member of the Al-Watan Party led by Abdel-Hakim Belhadj. He co-founded the Benghazi Shura Council and several Libyan satellite channels.

The Ministry of Housing and Construction was assigned to Abo Bakr Al-Ghawy, a former leader in the National Forces Alliance. He resigned from the coalition in protest of the party’s failure to issue a statement against the “Tripoli War.”

The Ministry of Labour was assigned to Ali Abu Azzoum. He has worked as the Commercial Attaché at the Libyan Embassy in Tunisia. Staff at the Embassy accused him of tampering with his academic degree.

Dr. Khaled Al-Jazouri was appointed the next Minister of Health. Al-Jazouri is a surgeon, endoscopy specialist and professor at the University of Benghazi. He worked as a manager of Al-Galaa Hospital.

Kalid Al-Mshazi was proposed as the Minister of Livestock and Marine Resources. He is a teaching member at Al-Senussi University.

Abdel Shafia Al-Jouifi was nominated as the Minister of Sports. Al-Jouifi was nominated by the Sarraj government to work as Chargé d’Affaires to Algeria and later Kuwait.

Meanwhile, Adel Amer was selected as the Minister of State for the Prime Minister and Government Affairs. He is an Undersecretary for the GNA’s Education Ministry. He was imprisoned in 2020 over corruption allegations and released after being infected with the COVID-19 virus.