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D-Day for Libyan envoy


The fate of the Libyan ambassador to Zimbabwe Taher Elmagrahi will be known today following extensive consultations on whether the top diplomat should be deported or not.

“The Minister of Foreign Affairs said he will issue an official statement tomorrow (today),” said Webster Shamu, the Information minister.

Foreign Affairs minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi and his top officials held a sequel of meetings yesterday with other stakeholders on how best to handle the issue.

“I think what is left is to consult the President,” said one source.

But, sources said the ambassador was likely to be deported after he angered the Zimbabwean government which has distanced itself from the Nato-led Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) which has seized control of the North African country.

Elmagrahi, a known confidante of Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi, defected and shifted his allegiance to the rebels last week after it became apparent the Nato-led rebellion was ousting the former strongman.

Secretary for Foreign Affairs Joey Bimha last week said after his defection, the envoy was now staying here illegally.

“His status is no longer legal,” Bimha told NewsDay.

“That is normal practice. If you have no legal status in a country, what do you do? He has to go.”

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