Deputy PM Resigns Citing Violence

According to Al Jazeera, Libya's deputy Prime Minister Awadh al Barassi has resigned from his office, arguing that the government is dysfunctional and incapable of ending the wave of violence in the country.

Barassi announced his resignation late on Saturday at a news conference in Benghazi, amid growing public anger over widespread violence and a spate of political assassinations, and only days after Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said he was shelving plans to reshuffle his cabinet to improve the government's response to the unrest.

Barassi explained that the government has failed to win the people's trust and provide state agencies with the resources needed to achieve development goals.

On Monday, Zeidan said he would restore the Internal Security Agency, which helped keep Muammar Gaddafi in power for decades, to try to stem the violence. Instead of reshuffling of his cabinet, on Wednesday, Zeidan said he was shelving the plans and would form a crisis committee.

Since Gaddafi's overthrow, the Libyan authorities have struggled to re-establish order and form a professional police and army. The majority of the recent attacks have been in the east of the country, which is the birthplace of the uprising.

The attacks, some of which have struck several western targets, have been blamed on hardline armed groups.

(Source: Al Jazeera)

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