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Libya's parliament speaker to resign, claims MP
Libya's parliament speaker to resign, claims MP

Around 30 MPs have submitted a memo to the leadership of the General National Congress, Libya's interim parliament, asking Abusahmain to resign to safeguard and the dignity and integrity of congress.

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Libya's parliament speaker Nouri Abusahmain intends to step down from office over a widely circulated video showing him being questioned by unknown men about the presence of two women at his house at night, one lawmaker said.

Around 30 MPs have submitted a memo to the leadership of the General National Congress, Libya's interim parliament, asking Abusahmain to resign to safeguard and the dignity and integrity of congress until the end of the transitional period, the lawmaker, who asked to remain anonymous, told Anadolu Agency.

According to the legislator, they have been notified that Abusahmain intends to tender his resignation within hours.

Speaker Abusahmain could not be immediately reached for comment on the report.

A video, widely circulated since late March, shows a confused Abusahmain, in his nightclothes, being questioned at his Tripoli home by unknown gunmen about the presence of two women at such a late hour of the night.

In a later shot, a nervous, suited-up Abusahmain appeared in one office being grilled on the same incident.

He described the two women as parliament personnel who had asked to meet him to present important documents on an assassination plot targeting him and other lawmakers.

The video had prompted Libyan prosecutor general Abdel-Qader Radwan to order a probe into the incident.



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