Who is Libya’s First Ever Female Foreign Minister?


On Wednesday, the Libyan Parliament voted with an overwhelming majority in favour of granting confidence to Prime Minister, Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba and his Government of National Unity (GNU).

In a move that is the first of its kind in Libya, Najla Mangoush was chosen as the first female Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Mangoush has previously worked as a criminal defence lawyer, a university professor, and a former employee of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC).

She holds a master’s degree in criminal law from the University of Benghazi, a master’s degree in conflict and peace management from Eastern Mennonite University, USA, and a PhD in conflict and peace management from George Mason University, USA.

She also received several certificates of appreciation, as well as scholarships, including the US Government Scholarship for Academic Excellence (SAE).

Mangoush hails from the eastern city of Benghazi, with roots in the western city of Misrata.