Monday, September 21, 2020 | ePaper

Libya's eastern-based government resigns amid protests

  • Print
Al Jazeera News :
An interim government allied with Libya's eastern-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar has resigned amid protests over power cuts and deteriorating living conditions.
Ezzel-Deen al-Falih, a spokesman for the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani tendered the government's resignation to Speaker Aguila Saleh late on Sunday.
Parliamentary spokesman Abdallah Abaihig said HoR lawmakers would review the resignation of al-Thani's government, which is not internationally recognised, in their next meeting. No date has been set for the session.
Oil-rich Libya was plunged into chaos when a NATO-backed uprising in 2011 toppled longtime ruler Moammar Gaddafi, who was later killed. The country has since split between rival east- and west-based administrations, each backed by armed groups and foreign governments.
A 14-month offensive by Haftar's forces to wrest control of the capital, Tripoli, from the internationally recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) crumbled in June, with the front lines now solidified near the central city of Sirte.
The HoR on Friday accused the Central Bank and the GNA of "plundering" the country and neglecting the east, in apparent efforts to deflect blame for the deterioration of public services.
In recent days, hundreds of people have taken to the streets of Benghazi and other eastern cities to protest against crippling electricity shortages and poor living conditions, setting tyres ablaze and blocking traffic on several major roads.
On Saturday, protests also erupted in al-Marj, a Haftar stronghold.
In a statement, the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said at least one civilian had reportedly been killed and three others wounded in al-Marj. It called for "a thorough and immediate" investigation into "the reported excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrations" and the speedy release of a number of detained protesters.
The demonstrations in eastern Libya mirror similar protests in recent weeks over power cuts and corruption in Tripoli and other western cities.
UNSMIL said the protests across Libya were "motivated by deep-seated frustrations about sustained poor living conditions, shortages of electricity and water, rampant corruption, misgovernance, and a lack of service provision throughout the country".
The UN mission said the protests underscore "the urgent need to lift the oil blockade" and the return to a "full and inclusive" political process to end Libya's years-long conflict.

Powerful tribes in eastern Libya loyal to Haftar closed oil export terminals and choked off major pipelines at the start of the year to pressure the GNA.

The US Embassy in Libya said Haftar agreed to reopen oil fields and terminals no later than Saturday. By Sunday evening, it was not clear whether the blockade had been lifted.

More News For this Category

UAE gets American drones as China ramps up sales

UAE gets American drones as China ramps up sales

Al Jazeera News :The White House's recent decision to allow the sale of advanced weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates highlights the deliberate shift in US policy towards

India passes farm bills amid uproar by opposition in parliament

India passes farm bills amid uproar by opposition in parliament

Al Jazeera News :India's parliament has passed new bills the government says will make it easier for farmers to sell their produce directly to big buyers, despite growing protest

20 million girls may never return to school, warns Malala

20 million girls may never return to school, warns Malala

Dawn.com :As many as 20 million girls may not return to schools even after the Covid-19 crisis is over, warns UN Messenger of Peace Malala Yousafzai.Speaking at a side

Brazil's Lula says he will back anyone who can take on Bolsonaro

Reuters, Brasilia :Brazil's former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, barred from elected office due to corruption convictions, said he is open to backing any candidate who can

Italians vote in regional elections, constitutional referendum

Italians vote in regional elections, constitutional referendum

Al Jazeera News :Italians are voting in seven regional elections expected to favour the far right and a constitutional referendum to cut down the number of MPs in the

The rain and flooding exceeded records set in 1946 and 1988, forcing the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.

The rain and flooding exceeded records set in 1946 and 1988, forcing the government to declare a three-month state of emergency.

.

Families struggle as heavy rain, more floods expected in Sudan

Al Jazeera News :Thousands of people continue to live under the threat of incoming heavy rain and further flooding in parts of Sudan, months after floods ravaged nearly all

India arrests 9 al Qaeda militants planning 'terrorist attacks'

Reuters :India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) said on Saturday it has arrested nine al Qaeda militants who were planning attacks in several locations including the capital New Delhi."The group

Bolivian interim President Anez withdraws from election race

Bolivian interim President Anez withdraws from election race

Al Jazeera News :Bolivia's interim President Jeanine Anez has said she will not run in the country's election next month, in an attempt to unify votes against the MAS

Coronavirus surge in Canada checks Trudeau's green ambitions

Coronavirus surge in Canada checks Trudeau's green ambitions

Reuters, Ottawa :A recent surge in COVID-19 cases is forcing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to scale back his plan to outline an ambitious green economic recovery package next