Minister Resigns Before Taking Up His Post

Libya's Minister of Martyrs and Missing, Sami Mustafa Al-Saadi, has announced his resignation on television before even taking up his post, accusing the new government of including members of the old regime.

When asked why he did not simply refer the issue to the National Integrity Commission, he implied that there were double standards in the treatment of the previous Prime Minister-Elect, Mustafa Abushagur, and the current incumbent Al Zeidan [Zidan].

He added that many members of the General National Congress (GNC) did not have the opportunity to study adequately the biographies of the proposed cabinet before being asked to vote.

Earlier this year, Mr Al-Saadi (also known as Abu Munthir) initiated court proceedings against the British government in relation to the rendition of him, his wife, and his four children to Libya in 2004, following which he spent six years in detention and was allegedly tortured.

(Sources: Al-Mostakbal, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reprieve)

(Photo Credit: Reprieve)

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One Response to Minister Resigns Before Taking Up His Post

  1. Phil Hodkinson 6th November 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    People chosen to serve with any government know that it is easier to use your voice from within if you are meaning to promote change rather than just make futile protests from outside.

    He should also direct his proceeding against the ukba rather than the government as it is they that make the rules, not the government, as they would have people believe.

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