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Libya minister rescinds resignation amid crisis

Libya’s defence minister resigned on Tuesday but then changed his mind and the army chief of staff was sacked, as a political crisis deepened over gunmen besieging government ministries.

‘I find myself compelled, despite opposition from my colleagues in recent days, to present (my resignation) voluntarily and without hesitation,’ Barghathi said, quoted by the official Lana news agency.

‘I cannot accept the policy of force used by armed groups in our new state,’ he added.

But just hours later, the government issued a statement saying Barghathi had changed his mind after Prime Minister Ali Zeidan asked him to stay on.

‘The chief of the government asked the defence minister to rescind (his decision) and the minister said he understands, given the circumstances the country is going through, that he should continue in office.’
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