Libyan minister resigns over Benghazi bloodshed

Author : Mircea Birca | Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Posted in category Africa, Africa News, Eurasia, Eurasia News
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Khaled Najm, media minister in Libya’s Tobruk-based government, has announced his resignation citing a recent deterioration of security in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The move came in the immediate wake of a bombing that rocked a Benghazi school on Monday, which left three people dead — including two children — and another 26 injured.

While there have been conflicting reports regarding the cause of Monday’s blast, Waleed al-Orfi, a spokesman for Benghazi’s security directorate said on Tuesday, attributed it to a car bomb.

“In protest against the bombings that have targeted civilians in Benghazi, and against the difficult circumstances that hinder our ability to provide security, I have decided to resign,” Najm said in a Facebook post.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, Najm said he planned to tender his resignation — he did not say when — to the Tobruk-based government’s council of ministers.

“I believe I can be of greater assistance if I work in an unofficial capacity,” he asserted.

While no group has claimed responsibility for Monday’s blast, Fathi al-Magbari, deputy head of the Libyan unity government’s presidential council, accused “terrorist groups that are now besieged by the Libyan army in the Qanfouda area west of Benghazi” of carrying out recent attacks on civilians.

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