A number of people in the city of Misrata went out on Saturday in a demonstration showing solidarity with Government of National Accord (GNA) Minister of Interior, Fathi Bashagha, after the Presidential Council decided to suspend him pending an investigation into his handling of street protests and a violent crackdown.
The demonstrators chanted slogans of solidarity with the Minister of Interior, according to videos circulated on Libyan social media.
A decree issued by Presidential Council leader Fayez Al-Sarraj said Bashagha would be investigated by the GNA leadership within 72 hours, and his duties would be assumed by a deputy minister, Khalid Ahmad Mazen. A separate decree assigned a regional force headed by Osama Jweili, a commander from another militarily powerful city, Zintan, to help ensure security in Tripoli.
In a statement, Bashagha expressed readiness for an investigation, but said it should be televised to ensure transparency.