Libya’s Thinni says will submit resignation

Libya’s rival Prime Minister Thinni announces he will resign in television interview, while government spokesman denies claim

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Photo by: Reuters

Libya’s rival Prime Minister, Abdullah al Thinni

Libyan rival Prime Minister, Abdullah al Thinni, announced he would resign in an interview broadcast on Tuesday after questions asked about the inefficiency of the House of Representatives (HoR).

Thinni became angry during the interview when the reporter confronted him with questions collected from viewers, criticising him for a lack of security and aid for people in the country.

When the presenter asked Thinni what he would do if there were protests, he said "I officially resign and I will submit my resignation to the House of Representatives on Sunday."

"People do not need to protest against me because I officially resign from my position,” Thinni added.

However, the claim was denied by HoR government spokesman Hatem al Arabi, who told Reuters Thinni would not resign adding that the he had meant he would quit if the people were to request such an action.

“The prime minister has not resigned officially. He said during the television interview that he would resign if the street demands it,” Arabi said.

"A resignation needs to be handed in writing to the House of Representatives, which would accept or reject it.”

Citizens have been complaining about disorder, shortages of fuel, hospital drugs and security vulnerability, while Thinni’s cabinet has been struggling to make an impact in the remote eastern city of Bayda.

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 ouster 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, Reuters