Libyan Defense Minister resigns in protest

Last updated 01:25 08/05/2013

Relevant offers

Middle East

Man claiming to be Australian doctor appears in Islamic State health video John Key visits thousands of Kiwis gathered in Gallipoli US strikes kill hostages, Al-Qaeda fighter Adam Gadahn who threatened Australia US backed air strikes have killed 2079 people in Syria Coalition continues to bomb Yemen despite Saudis calling off air campaign Kiwi father of 24 killed fighting Isis Saudis order sudden halt to Yemen airstrikes as outcry grows over civilian toll The end of the Middle East state New Zealand troops depart for Iraq Harmeet Sooden: Whose interest does New Zealand’s policy towards Iraq serve?

Libya's defense minister says he has resigned to protest to a show of force by militias who have been besieging government buildings to push their political demands.

Mohammed Al-Barghathi told reporters that the resignation was prompted by "the stark assault on democracy and elected authorities" after last week's show of force by militias that forced their way into several ministries and surrounded others with machine-gun mounted trucks.

The militias originally claimed that they wanted parliament to pass a contentious law banning officials who held posts in the 42-year rule of Moammar Gadhafi from positions in the new government.

But the militias remained after the parliament passed the law Sunday. They now demand the ouster of Prime Minister Ali Zidan.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content