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Libya Government Resigns after Wide Protests in Benghazi


Protesters calling for better living conditions in Libya's Benghazi set fire to Al-Thinni government's headquarters

Wide street protests in Libya finally led to the resignation of its rival government.

Libya has been torn by violence since long-time ruler Col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed in 2011 by Nato-backed forces.

At the weekend demonstrators in the city of Benghazi set fire to the government's headquarters.

Prime Minister Abdallah al-Thani submitted the resignation of his government to Aguila Saleh, speaker of the eastern-based House of Representatives, said the government’s spokesman, Ezzel-Deen al-Falih.

Abdallah Abaihig, a spokesman for the parliament, confirmed the government’s resignation, saying lawmakers would review it in their next meeting. No date set for the session.

They also clashed in strongman Gen Khalifa Haftar's stronghold of Al-Maj for the first time.

A spokesman for Gen Haftar said the administration backed peaceful protests but would not allow "terrorists and the Muslim Brotherhood" to hijack them.

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