Libya’s PM resigns after family violently “assaulted”

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 14th, 2014

imageLibya’s interim Prime Minister, Abdullah al-Thani, on Monday, announced that he has resigned during a General National Congress meeting, adding that he and his family were violently assaulted the previous night, local news agencies reported.

He said “my family and I suffered a brutal attack last night and the shooting terrified local residents and put their lives in danger.

“I will not accept one drop of blood to be spilled because of me and I will not allow myself, as prime minister, to be a reason for Libyans fighting.’’

According to the report, the interim prime minister will officially submit his resignation as soon as the General National Congress finds a replacement.

Report says Thani, a former defence minister, was sworn in as prime minister of Libya’s caretaker government in March after his predecessor, Ali Zeidan, was ousted amid disputes over oil exports and criticisms that his government failed to restore stability.

Libya has been wracked with political violence and instability since the end of the civil war in 2011, which witnessed a rise in armed militias in the country.

It added that cases of assassinations and kidnappings targeting politicians, security officials and their family members have increased as authorities attempt to crack down on the armed groups. (Xinhua/NAN)

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