Mohamed al-Menfi

Libyan politician

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Mohamed al-Menfi
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al-Menfi in 2021
Chairman of the Presidential Council of Libya
Assumed office
15 March 2021
Prime MinisterAbdul Hamid Dbeibeh
Vice PresidentMusa Al-Koni
Preceded byFayez al-Sarraj
Libyan Ambassador to Greece
In office
2018 – 6 December 2019
Prime MinisterFayez al-Sarraj
Personal details
Born
Mohamed Younis Ahmed Al-Menfi

(1976-03-03) March 3, 1976 (age 45)
Tobruk, Libya
NationalityLibyan
Spouse(s)
  • Amira al-Hassi
    (m. 2000; div. 2004)
    Sarah al-Menfi
    (m. 2005)
Alma materTobruk University
ProfessionDiplomat

Mohamed Yunus al-Menfi (Arabic: محمد يونس المنفي; born March 3, 1976)[1] is a Libyan diplomat and politician from Tobruk. On 5 February 2021, he was chosen as the president of the Libyan Presidential Council at the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum.[2] Previously, he had served as the Libyan Ambassador to Greece.[3]

Ambassadorship

Al-Menfi's period as ambassador in Athens was marked by a tense relationship between the GNA and the Greek government because of the Libyan (GNA)–Turkish accord on maritime boundaries. He was eventually expelled from Athens on December 2019.[3]

Presidency of Presidential Council

In the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum procedure for choosing a unified executive authority to lead into the 24 December 2021 Libyan general election, al-Menfi ran on a joint ticket with Abdul Hamid al-Dabaib as prime minister and Musa al-Koni and Abdallah al-Lafi as members of the Presidential Council. Their list obtained 39 votes, five more than that of Aguila Saleh Issa and Fathi Bashagha.[2] The Aguila Saleh–Bashagha list was perceived to be favoured by the United States of America. The US ambassador denied any attempt to influence the electoral process.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Libye: début d'une nouvelle phase de transition". Le360 Afrique (in French). 6 February 2021.
  2. ^ a b Sami Zaptia (5 February 2021). "BREAKING: New unified Libyan government selected by LPDF in Geneva". Libya Herald. Archived from the original on 5 February 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Greece Expels the GNA-Affiliated Libyan Ambassador Over Illegal Deal with Turkey". Al-Marsad. 6 December 2019. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
  4. ^ Sami Zaptia (4 February 2021). "U.S denies attempting to influence LPDF process". Libya Herald. Archived from the original on 5 February 2021. Retrieved 5 February 2021.
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