Ali Aujali Confirmed As Foreign Minister
Libyan Ambassador to the U.S. Ali Aujali has been given permission by the Patriotism and Integrity Commission to be Libya’s new foreign minister. The Commission also approved the new Minister of Social Affairs and Minister of Agriculture. The investigation for the Minister of Religious Affairs is still ongoing. When the Commission previously rejected four appointees, the Ministers of Interior, Electricity, Higher Education, and GNC Affairs, it seemed for a moment that all of those under investigation would be rejected. Today’s decision brings a number of questions for other high profile positions – Who will be selected to take the place of the rejected/resigned ministers? Will current deputy ministers be selected to remain in place? And who will be Libya’s new ambassador to Washington?
I remember several old rumors surrounding Ali Aujali’s possible successor. The first one around the time of the Liberation is that Libyan envoy to the UN Ibrahim Dabbashi would become the new Ambassador in Washington. The second rumor earlier this year was that outgoing NTC members were jostling to position themselves in cushy diplomatic posts. So, will Washington go to a career diplomat, a political appointee, or a mixture of the two?