The Libya Prime Minister resigns live on TV, after peace talks restart on Tuesday.
“If my exit is the solution then I announce it here,” Abdullah al-Thani said during a live talk show. He said he is to submit resignation on Sunday
Abdullah al-Thani, the prime minister of Libya’s internationally recognized government, surprisingly announced his resignation live on television Tuesday, hours after fraught peace talks between the country’s rival factions restarted.
The prime minister escaped an assassination attempt in May when gunmen opened fire on his car after a parliament meeting. Now, he is hit with accusations of corruption against his government in the television interview.
During the interview, al-Thinni got angry when the host presented him with questions collected from viewers who criticized the Prime Minister for a lack of security, government services and handling of aid for displaced people, reports say.
Libya went through chaos after the fall of Moamer Kadhafi in 2011. Currently has two rival parliaments competing for power as well several militia groups battling for control of the country’s vast resource wealth.
However, the prime minister had not resigned, a spokesperson for the House of Representatives said to Reuters news agency.
“The prime minister has not resigned officially,” spokesperson Arabi said.
“A resignation needs to be handed in writing to the House of Representatives, which would accept or reject it.”
Al-Thani’s elected government has been working out of a small eastern city near the border with Egypt since a militia alliance captured the capital Tripoli last year.
The two rival groups started a new UN-sponsored round of peace talks in Switzerland’s Geneva on Tuesday, aimed at creating a unity government, with representatives of the powerful Tripoli parliament joining the negotiations after boycotting them last month.
Bernardino Leon, a United Nations special envoy is brokering the talks in Geneva. He is urging the key camps to reach a political deal in the hope that a unity government could enforce a durable ceasefire.
All key actors were represented in the new round of talks in Geneva “without exception,” Leon said. IMAGE REUTERS