Army Chief of Staff 'Resigns' After Deadly Clashes

The chief of staff of the Libyan army has reportedly resigned after an estimated 30 people were killed in clashes between protesters and militia in Benghazi.

Sources at the General National Congress say the GNC accepted the resignation of Youssef al-Mangoush on Sunday.

BBC reports that the clashes began when protesters gathered outside the Libya Shield Brigade premises demanding that it disband.

Reuters reports that the congress has picked the minister's deputy, Salem al-Gnaidy, to fill the position until a new army chief is picked. Speculation has been rife for months about Mangoush's fate amid an increase in violence.

Following Saturday's violence, the Libyan army said it would take control of all bases run by the Libya Shield Brigade in Benghazi.

The main headquarters, where the clashes took place, is already in the hands of a special forces unit in the city, an army spokesman said.

(Sources: BBC, Reuters)

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