Controversy at Libyan Embassy in Banjul

There was intense internal controversy among the diplomats at the Libyan embassy in Banjul recently over who is the legitimate ambassador representing the North African country in The Gambia, as Foroyaa was informed.

A close source revealed that for the past two weeks, there has been no stability at the embassy, as the ambassador, Dr. Ibrahim, refused to hand over to a successor, also called Dr. Ibrahim, as his replacement.

The source further disclosed that the named successor is already in the country and that it is still uncertain as to whom of the two is the actual ambassador representing Libya in the Gambia.

It has also been learnt that the ‘outgoing’ ambassador has travelled to Morocco to accompany his sick wife for treatment and will be back to the Gambia in ten days’ time.

As a staff of the embassy, the source indicated that they do not why Dr. Ibrahim is being replaced in such an ‘unceremonious’ manner and his refusal to accept the replacement. He said the Gambian staff working at the embassy is asked to stay at home until the controversy is finally resolved. He added that as at now, there is no consular activity currently going on at the embassy.

The source also said that the government of the Gambia through the foreign affairs ministry has recognized this newly named ambassador as the man in charge of the embassy.

Foroyaa will contact the foreign affairs ministry for them to clarify the issue of the controversy surrounding the legitimacy of representation.

It could be recalled that a few months ago, this medium had reported the closure of the Libyan embassy by the Gambia government due to the lack of a stable and permanent government in Libya. Armed guards were posted there to prevent anyone from entering the embassy. After sometime, the decision was rescinded by the Gambia government and the embassy re-opened and commenced its consular and diplomatic operations.