Four ministers quit Libya’s UN-backed government


1 Jul 2016

Four ministers quit Libya’s UN-backed government

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Fayez al-Sarraj

Libya’s UN-backed government said on Friday that four ministers who had never shown up for work for three months have finally resigned officially.

The ministers tender their resignation after the regime had set up in Tripoli in an attempt to end strife in the country.

The ministers are those holding the portfolios for: justice; finance; economy and industry; and national reconciliation.

The resignations were accepted.

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Their resignations were accepted after they had been “absent from their work and refused to take up their duties for more than 30 days,” the government said in a statement.

The four are reportedly from eastern Libya, where a rival administration is based.

Their resignations come as pro-government forces are locked in a fight to drive the Islamic State extremist militia from its stronghold in the central city of Sirte.

Libya has been in turmoil since the 2011 revolt, which toppled long-time dictator Moamer Gaddafi.

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Islamic State has taken advantage of the chaos to establish a foothold in the oil-rich country.

Since mid-2014, Libya has been split up between two administrations – one based in Tobruk and the other in Tripoli with each backed by competing militias.

The national unity government was formed of 13 ministers and five ministers of state in neighbouring Tunisia in February.

The government arrived in Tripoli in March amid international hopes it will be able to re-establish stability and stop Islamic State’s expansion in the country.

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However, the government, led by lawmaker Fayez Sarraj, has yet to win a crucial vote of confidence by the elected parliament based in Tobruk.

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News Source: PunchNigeria, 9jaTales

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