Libya’s Thinni changes mind on resignation

Libya’s rival Prime Minister, Abdullah al Thinni withdraws resignation offer after announcing he would resign earlier

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Libyan rival PM Thinni withdraws resignation

Updated Aug 18, 2015

Libya’s rival Prime Minister Abdullah al Thinni changed his mind over his resignation plan on Monday after announcing he would resign in an interview broadcasted last Tuesday, as he was asked about the inefficiency of the House of Representatives (HoR).

"The prime minister didn't submit his resignation. He backed down from his previous announcement," said Hatem al Ouraybi, Thinni’s spokesman.

“The government is working as normal, as usual, and is ready to go to the parliament for any possible questioning.”

Before he announced his resignation plan last Tuesday, Thinni’s government was blamed for inefficiency, including the lack of basic services such as electricity and security.

"If my exit is the solution, then I announce it here," he had said.

"My resignation will be submitted to the parliament on Sunday."

No resignation letter was submitted however, and Thinni pulled back his offer to resign.

His spokesman said his resignation was simply conditional, rather than assertive.

"The prime minister said during the interview that he would resign if people wanted him to. That's it," said the spokesman.

Thinni is the prime minister of the HoR government in Libya, based in Tobruk, one of two parliaments that competes for the full control of the country.

Libya is currently divided into two parliaments with their own armed forces, the General National Council (GNC) in the capital of Tripoli, which was founded with the help of the United States and France following the deposal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, and the rival House of Representatives.

The House of Representatives, which has been operating from the Egyptian border town of Tobruk since June, was formed following armed uprisings by groups loyal to the renegade General Khalifa Hafter in 2014.

TRTWorld and agencies