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Libyan Minister Najla El Mangoush – Picture by Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia.

Monday, 15 March 2021, Tripoli, State of Libya: Veteran politician Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibeh‘s (b. 1959) government of National Unity takes over the reins of state power. Dbeibeh (also transliterated Al Dabaib) was voted in as temporary head of an unified executive in February 2021.

His cabinet was approved on Thursday, 11 March by the House of Representatives as required by a peace agreement.  Dbeibeh’s cabinet includes the very first female chief of diplomacy Najla Mohammed El Mangoush.

She is an educated lawyer from Benghazi University, and served subsequently in the capacity of an assistant professor of law there. During Libya’s 2011 revolution, Najla El Mangoush headed the National Transitional Council’s (NTC) Public Engagement Unit which dealt with civil society organisations. Afterwards she was a Fulbright Scholar in the USA, and is a graduate of the Center for Justice and Peace building at Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia. As a conflict-resolution expert, she was the country representative in Libya for USIP (United States Institute of Peace).

Libya’s head of state is Mohammed Yunus Al Menfi since 10 March in his capacity as Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya.  

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