Libya NTC rejects resignation of No 2

2012-01-30 22:02

Tripoli - Libya's ruling National Transitional Council on Monday rejected the resignation of its number two, Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, who had stepped down after protests against him, a member of the council told AFP.

"The NTC in its meeting examined the resignation of its deputy and rejected it," Intisar al-Akili said of the decision which was taken during an NTC meeting in Tripoli.

It was unclear whether Ghoga, who could not be reached for comment, would return to his post. He had resigned on January 22 after days of protest against him in the eastern city of Benghazi, the birthplace of the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi.

Ghoga, who also served as official spokesperson for the NTC, came under increasing opposition from Benghazi residents who accused him of opportunism because of his belated defection from the Gaddafi regime.

Angry protesters stormed the offices of the NTC in Benghazi demanding the resignation of Ghoga and several other council members.

Ghoga tendered his resignation, saying it was in the "best interests of Libya".