Libya parliament chief resigns

2013-05-28 18:48
Libyan interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif flashes the victory sign to the crowd during the celebration of the second anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammad Hannon, AP/File)

Libyan interim president, Mohammed el-Megarif flashes the victory sign to the crowd during the celebration of the second anniversary of the Libyan revolution in Benghazi, Libya. (Mohammad Hannon, AP/File)

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Tripoli - Libya's parliament chief has resigned just weeks after lawmakers passed a controversial law banning officials who served under Muammar Gaddafi from senior government posts.

Mohammed al-Megarif, who was Libya's ambassador to India in 1980 before he joined the opposition in exile, announced his resignation on Tuesday.

The new law, which would effectively ban al-Magarif and other experienced leaders from politics, was passed under pressure by militias.

Al-Magarif's eyes welled up as he spoke before the General National Congress in the capital, Tripoli.

He decried what he described as the empowerment of some lawmakers backed by gunmen and warned of the need to eradicate Gaddafi-era schemes, including "revenge, antagonism ... and hatred" that still plague Libya.

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