Fathi Bashagha

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Fathi Bashagha
Minister of Interior
Assumed office
7 October 2018
Prime MinisterFayez al-Sarraj
Preceded byAbdussalam Ashour
Personal details
Born (1962-08-20) August 20, 1962 (age 57)
Misrata, Kingdom of Libya
NationalityLibyan
Military service
Allegiance Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
Branch/service Libyan Air Force
Years of service1984–1993

Fathi Bashagha (born 20 August 1962) is a Libyan politician and former military pilot who serves as the Minister of Interior of the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) since 7 October 2018. In his position he has been trying to create a professional national police for Libya and reorganise some of the militia groups that the GNA has relied on. Originally from Misrata and being a former fighter pilot, he was elected in 2014 to the House of Representatives. But it is no longer recognised internationally and Bashagha has been boycotting it since the Second Libyan Civil War began.[1][2]

Bashagha graduated from the Misrata aviation college in 1984 and spent a decade working as a trainer pilot specialising in fighter jets. He left the Libyan Air Force in 1993.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Bashagha is of Turkish origin.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wehrey, Frederic (19 March 2019). A Minister, a General, & the Militias: Libya's Shifting Balance of Power. The New York Review of Books.
  2. ^ Zaptia, Sami (16 February 2019). Bashagha recognises Haftar's role. Libya Herald.
  3. ^ Libya's outspoken interior minister Fathi Bashagha. BBC. Published 17 January 2019.
  4. ^ Tastekin, Fehim (2019). "Are Libyan Turks Ankara's Trojan horse?". Al-Monitor. Retrieved 15 September 2019.