Libya’s Thinni re­fuses to form govern­ment

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL / AFRICA -

In­terim prime min­is­ter says he will not form a new cab­i­net, cit­ing se­cu­rity threats against him and his fam­ily.

Libya’s in­terim prime min­is­ter has re­fused to form a new cab­i­net but said he will re­main in his post as head of the care­taker govern­ment.

In a let­ter on Sun­day, Ab­dul­lah al-Thinni said he did not want to be re­spon­si­ble for fur­ther blood­shed and vi­o­lence in the coun­try, say­ing that he and his fam­ily were at­tacked in a res­i­den­tial area on Satur­day, and that people’s lives were put at risk.

Ex­cus­ing him­self from form­ing a new cab­i­net as re­quested by par­lia­ment last Tues­day, Thinni said he and his care­taker min­is­ters will con­tinue work­ing in their ca­pac­ity.

In the let­ter, Thinni said he hoped that par­lia­ment, for­mally known as the Gen­eral Na­tional Coun­cil, would find some­one suit­able to the task of form­ing a new cab­i­net soon.

Libya’s par­lia­ment en­trusted Thinni, a for­mer de­fence min­is­ter, with form­ing a new cab­i­net, just weeks af­ter his pre­de­ces­sor, Ali Zei­dan, was top­pled for fail­ing to rein in the law­less­ness grip­ping the coun­try.

The coun­try has seen near daily at­tacks, par­tic­u­larly in the east, as well as a chal­lenge from rebels who have block­aded vi­tal oil ter­mi­nals and a grow­ing po­lit­i­cal cri­sis aris­ing from the in­terim par­lia­ment’s de­ci­sion to ex­tend its man­date. Aljazeera

Saif al-Is­lam Gaddafi

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