Interior minister of Libya resigns

2013-08-18 19:02

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Tripoli - Libya's interior minister Mohammed Khalifa al-Sheikh submitted his resignation on Sunday over differences with the prime minister, a parliament member and an official at the prime minister's office said.

Lawlessness has blighted large areas of Libya following the 2011 war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi and the North African Arab country is still awash with weapons.

Al-Sharif al-Wafi, a member of the Libyan General National Congress, told Reuters that Sheikh submitted his resignation to the cabinet and to parliament in protest against what he said was interference in his work by the government and parliament.

"He said that he didn't have any understanding with the prime minister and that he didn't have enough mandate to carry out his work," Wafi said.

"He also complained that some members of the congress interfered in his work."

An official at Prime Minister Ali Zeidan confirmed that Sheikh submitted his resignation but declined to give any details.

Sheikh, a former Tripoli police colonel, took up his post in May after his predecessor Ashour Shuail resigned.

Libya has been gripped by violence since Gaddafi's downfall. Militia groups have further destabilised the oil-producing country, including in the eastern city of Benghazi, the cradle of the anti-Gaddafi uprising.

On Saturday, a bomb blast ripped through the garden wall of the Egyptian consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi on Saturday, injuring a security guard who needed hospital treatment, witnesses said.

US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in Benghazi last year after Islamist gunmen attacked the US consulate during a protest by a mob angry over a film they said insulted the Prophet Mohammad.

Read more on:    muammar gaddafi  |  libya  |  north africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
5 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.