Libya’s Interim Government Resigns amid Ongoing Protests in Benghazi

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The Libyan Interim Government headed by Abdullah Al-Thinni has submitted its resignation to the Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh.

This came during an urgent meeting held by Saleh to discuss the demands of the demonstrators in Benghazi. Protesters have come out against the poor living conditions, notably the frequent power outages, severe shortage of fuel, and lack of public services

The meeting was attended by the Deputy Minister for Services Affairs, the Governor of the Central Bank of Libya, the heads of the Parliamentary Committees, the Ministers of Finance, Health, and Economy, and officials from the General Electricity Company’s Administration Committee.

The Parliament Speaker was given a detailed explanation during the meeting, on the causes of the deteriorating public services and the power crisis. The officials of the General Electricity Company confirmed that the power crisis was caused by the lack of fuel supplies for the electricity plants and denied that technical problems were causing the power blackouts.

The meeting also dealt with the current health situation in the country and the epidemiological situation of COVID-19. The Parliament Speaker urged the provision of adequate stock of pharmaceuticals for the coming months. Financial resources have been provided for the supply of essential medicines to avoid a shortage in the country. The meeting also dealt with the liquidity shortage in commercial banks, and the need for solutions to overcome this crisis and reduce its impact on citizens.

Witnesses said that the protests also broke out on Saturday evening in Al-Bayda, the former seat of the government, Sebha in the south, and for the first time in Al-Marj, which is a stronghold of the Libyan National Army, led by Khalifa Haftar.