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Libya's interim government resigns under pressure

Published on Aug 29, 2014 8:03 AM
 
Omar Hmaidan, the official spokesman of the Libyan National Congress delivers a press statement, in the Libyan capital Tripoli on Aug 25, 2014. Libya's interim General National Congress, officially replaced by a parliament elected in June, named pro-Islamist figure Omar al-Hassi to form a "salvation government", An-Nabaa television station reported, declaring Interim Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thani to have been sacked. -- PHOTO: AFP

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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