İrem UZUN -TDO- An interim government allied with Libya's eastern-based renegade commander Khalifa Haftar has resigned amid protests over power cuts and deteriorating living conditions. Ezzel-Deen al-Falih, a spokesman for the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), said Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani tendered the government's resignation to Aguila Saleh, the President of HoR, late on Sunday. Abdallah Abaihig, a spokesman for the parliament, confirmed the government’s resignation, saying lawmakers would review it in their next meeting. No date has been set for the session.
The protesters were citing these deteriorating living conditions, as well as others, as their grievances during their demonstrations. But they also called for the removal of all of Libya’s current ruling elite. At the weekend, demonstrators in the city of Benghazi set fire to the government's headquarters. They also clashed with security forces in Gen Khalifa Haftar's stronghold of al-Marj for the first time. AFP also reports that officers opened fire on protesters who forced their way into a police station, injuring five people.
The UN’s Libya mission said the protests underscore “the urgent need to lift the oil blockade” and return to a “full and inclusive” political process to end Libya’s years-long conflict. It “expressed grave concern" over reports that a civilian was killed. It called for a thorough and immediate investigation into the reported excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrations and the speedy release of detained protesters.