Why are Libyans Demanding the Expulsion of the British Ambassador?


A big number of Libyan journalists, politicians and activists launched a hashtag campaign titled “#Expel_the_British _Ambassador_from_Libya” on Twitter. This comes in response to the statement of the United Kingdom’s Embassy in Libya. In the statement it said that it will continue to recognise the outgoing Government of National Unity (GNU), headed by Abdelhamid Al-Dbaiba, as the authority tasked with leading Libya to elections and does not endorse the establishment of parallel governments or institutions.

A number of Libyans considered the Embassy’s statement as a violation of Libyan sovereignty, interfering in its internal affairs and obstructing the country’s political roadmap.

Former Libyan MP, Tawfiq Al-Shuhaibi, denounced the British Ambassador to Libya, Caroline Hurndall,’s statements, describing them as a blatant interference in the internal affairs of the North African country.

“The statements of the British Ambassador on Libya’s Independence Day, which necessarily represent the position of her country, are blatant interference,” Al-Shuhaibi said in a tweet.

He added, that this interference reflects the lack of respect and the lowest degree of diplomatic engagement between the two countries.

While, Libyan researcher, Abdel Hakim Fanoush tweeted, “on Libya’s Independence Day… the British Ambassador underestimates us with congratulatory words as if she wants to say… what independence are you talking about? I am the one who dictates you what to do.”

Journalist, Abdulbaset bin Hamel, said in a tweet, “we understand that the neighboring countries and the region have their intertwined interests with the Libyan issue, but we will not allow tutelage to be imposed on us under the pretext of democracy, and the foolish politicians in our country are the sole responsible for this.”

Libyan blogger, Muhammad Qashout, called for launching a popular campaign demanding the expulsion of the British ambassador from Libya or oblige her to apologize and not stick her nose into any of her work.”

Accordingly, Libyan blogger, Muhammad BuShagma, said, “the corrupt people in control of Libya exhausted the Libyan people in successive and repeated crises until they were rendered speechless. The people, who did not revolt to expel mercenaries and foreign forces out of the country, are not expected to adopt a strong position for the sake of their country.”

Libyan journalist,
Ahmed Al-Madani, described the British statement to impose the continuation of Al-Dbaiba as Prime Minister is a shameful and unacceptable political absurdity.