Libyan gunmen end siege of ministries: Officials

Libyan gunmen demanding the expulsion of Gaddafi-era officials from the government have lifted their siege of two ministries, officials say.

Libyan officials said armed men besieging the buildings of the Justice Ministry and the Foreign Ministry in the capital, Tripoli, have now withdrawn from the compounds. 

“Those who were at the two ministries have handed over the two ministries to a committee formed by the government and the General National Congress and have now departed,” Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said on Saturday. 

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan announced on May 8, “There will no doubt be a ministerial reshuffle in the coming days.” 

The two ministries were surrounded by gunmen on April 28, blocking access to the buildings. 

The reason behind the takeover was to push the parliament into passing a law that would ban officials who served under former dictator Muammar Gaddafi from holding office. 

Following the siege of the two ministries, Libya’s Defense Minister Mohammed al-Bargathi decided to resign in protest against the siege. 

However, Bargathi changed his decision after the prime minister asked him not to present his resignation at a cabinet meeting. 

Gaddafi was deposed in August 2011. The dictator was killed on October 20 of the same year.

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