World Bulletin/News Desk
Libya's interior minister has submitted his resignation, two official sources said on Tuesday.
Two years after the popular uprising that ended Gaddafi's 42-year rule, the Tripoli government still exerts little control over brigades of former fighters in the oil-producing country who often take the law into their own hands.
Ashour Shuail, former police chief in the eastern city of Benghazi, was named interior minister late last year to tackle Libya's most formidable domestic policy challenge - establishing a legitimate, effective national police force.
A ministry source said Shuail had handed in his resignation to Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.
A source in Zeidan's office confirmed the premier had received a resignation letter from Shuail.
Local media quoted interior ministry spokesman Majdi al-Ourfi as saying Shuail would remain on duty until Zeidan accepted his resignation and chose a successor.
Two members of the national assembly told Reuters Zeidan had nominated police Colonel Mohammed Khalifa Sheikh to replace Shuail and asked the congress for approval. "We expect to start voting on this (soon)," one member said.
Shuail has not publicly spoken about leaving but his move would come after the national assembly passed a law banning anyone who held a senior post under Gaddafi from government, regardless of their part in toppling the dictator.
Shuail worked with the police authority under Gaddafi but defected in the early days of the 2011 uprising. In December he won an appeal clearing him of close ties to Gaddafi's regime.
Politicians debated the new law for months but the issue came to a head this month when armed groups surrounded two ministries, demanding immediate passage of the bill.
It remains unclear who will be affected by the legislation.Last Mod: 22 Mayıs 2013, 10:00