Libya's interim govt tenders resignation

In a statement on its website, the government said that it places itself "at the disposal" of the Libyan parliament and voiced hope the legislature would pick a new government that "represents all segments of the Libyan people."

Libya's interim govt tenders resignation

World Bulletin / News Desk

he interim Libyan government under Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni submitted its resignation en masse to the recently-elected parliament late Thursday, it said.

In a statement on its website, the government said that it places itself "at the disposal" of the Libyan parliament and voiced hope the legislature would pick a new government that "represents all segments of the Libyan people."

The statement did not give any reasons for its resignation. Yet, it referred to recent fighting in Tripoli between rival militias and condemned "attacks against homes and residents" there, even without blaming a specific party for these attacks.

Parliament spokesman Farag Hashem told Anadolu Agency that the government has not officially tendered its resignation to the parliament.

Voicing surprise at the move, Hashem told AA that the government proposed a reshuffle that included 18 portfolios earlier this week.

On Wednesday, six ministers in the interim cabinet resigned in protest over what they describe as government bias toward a "certain party" to the country's current conflict – without specifying the party in question.

The ministers of industry, labor, planning, education, water resources and war victims' affairs all resigned, citing perceived bias on the part of the government towards one particular party to the conflict, according to Libya's official news agency.

Since mid-July, the Libya Shield, which is widely seen as a pro-Islamist militia, on one side and Al-Qaaqaa and Al-Sawaaq militias on the other have been locking horns in and around Tripoli, almost totally destroying the airport and wreaking havoc in the flashpoint city.

The fighting left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Libya in general has been plagued by recent fighting between a loosely organized national army and local militias that held onto their weapons following the ouster and death in 2011 of long-ruling strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

Libya's new parliament recently assumed legislative authority from the General National Congress, the mandate of which expired earlier this year.

However, the outgoing General National Congress reconvened on Monday, citing constitutional violations by the elected parliament, and tasked Omar al-Hassi with forming a government of "national salvation."

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