The Minister of foreign Affairs of great Britain, Boris Johnson was at the center of a political scandal caused by his statements about Libya. About it reports The Independent.
During a speech in Manchester, Johnson spoke about the prospects of British investment in the economy of the North African country. “They [entrepreneurs from the UK] have a great vision of how to equip beaches of Sirte to help the municipality and turn it into a second Dubai. It is only necessary to clear the space from the corpses”, — said the head of the British foreign office.
His words provoked a sharp reaction from his fellow party members. In particular, the former Minister of health Sarah Wollaston pointed to the fact that Johnson is such statements have embarrassed the conservatives, and urged to send him into retirement. This request was joined by several prominent party leaders.
On September 29 it was reported that most of the tories consider Johnson’s most likely successor, Prime Minister Theresa may as leader of the ruling Conservative party.
In December 2016 the Libyan city of Sirte, the battle which lasted several months, was liberated from the militants of the terrorist group “Islamic state” (IG, is prohibited in Russia).
Sirte is the birthplace of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. Starting from 2011 he was constantly in the midst of the fighting: first, between supporters of Gaddafi and the rebels, and then during the civil war. In the spring of 2015 was captured by militants IG. As a result of constant shelling in Sirte there is not a single building.