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Wednesday 27 August 2014

Spy boss quits over Libya strife

Published 05/06/2014 | 20:07

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Libya's spy chief has resigned over a power struggle in the country.

Libya's intelligence chief has resigned amid an intensifying power struggle between the Islamist-dominated parliament and a rival, interim government.

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Mohammed al-Arisha, a politician, said spy chief Salem al-Hassi submitted his resignation to the parliament today.

The al-Wasat news portal says Mr al-Hassi resigned because he was frustrated with parliament's insisting on appointing a new prime minister in a contested vote.

Mr al-Hassi could not be reached to confirm the report.

The appointment of prime minister Ahmed Maiteg by parliament last month added to Libya's crisis after incumbent premier, Abdullah Al-Thinni, refused to hand over his post, insisting the judiciary should resolve the issue.

The conflict over the post comes as rogue General Khalifa Hifter is mounting an offensive against Islamist militias.

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