Libyan minister resigns over 'interference'
22 August 2013, 08:02
Tripoli - Libya's interior minister Mohammed Khalifa
al-Sheikh stepped down on Sunday in protest against what he saw as interference
in his work by the prime minister and parliament, a lawmaker said.
The ministry has come under increasing pressure to deal with
violence that has persisted since the 2011 war that toppled Muammar Gaddafi.
The oil-producing state is still awash with weapons and militias who have
clashed with security forces.
Al-Sharif al-Wafi, a member of the Libyan General National
Congress, told Reuters Sheikh had submitted his resignation to the cabinet.
"He said that he didn't have any understanding with the
prime minister and that he didn't have enough mandate to carry out his
work," Wafi said. "He also complained that some members of the
He did not go into details about what kind of work had been
An official at Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's office said the
premier has accepted the resignation and appointed one of his deputies, Sadiq
Abdelkarim Abdulrahman Kreim, to step in until a replacement was found.
Sheikh, a former Tripoli police colonel, took up his post in
May after his predecessor Ashour Shuail resigned.
On Saturday, a bomb blast ripped through the garden wall of
the Egyptian consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Saturday, injuring a
security guard who needed hospital treatment, witnesses said.
US ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other
Americans were killed in Libya's Benghazi in 2012 when dozens of Islamist
gunmen attacked a loosely guarded U.S. diplomatic compound and a nearby,
better-fortified CIA annex.