Libya's interim government resigns under pressure
Published on Aug 29, 2014 8:03 AM
BENGHAZI, Libya (AFP) - Libya's toothless interim government, led by prime minister Abdullah al-Thani, announced late on Thursday it had tendered its resignation to the elected parliament, days after a rival Islamist administration was created.
The interim government, operating in the east of the country to avoid the Islamist militias which have a strong presence in Tripoli, said it "presented its resignation to the elected parliament", which is based in Tobruk, 600 kilometres east of the capital, also for security reasons.
The announcement came three days after Libya's General National Congress, officially replaced by the parliament elected in June, on Monday named pro-Islamist figure Omar al-Hassi to form a "salvation government".
The Islamist-dominated GNC convened in Tripoli following an appeal by Islamists groups which contest the legitimacy of the parliament based in Tobruk.
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