Libya army chief of staff resigns


Armed militias conduct a search operation in an area of Benghazi. (file photo)

Libyan army chief of staff Youssef al-Mangoush has tendered his resignation after deadly unrest killed more than two dozen people in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Media reports say al-Mangoush has submitted his resignation in a closed door session of the General National Congress (GNC) and the assembly accepted his resignation on Sunday.

The developments come after the violent confrontation between a militia group and a group of protesters left at least 30 people dead and injured several others in the troubled city.

The fierce fighting erupted when angry protesters gathered outside the Libya Shield Brigade premises demanding its disband.

Moreover, heavily-armed assailants have attacked several army posts in the troubled eastern city over the past few weeks.

This is while several ministries have also been surrounded by hundreds of armed men since late April. The armed men demand that the ministries ban the remnants of the former regime of Muammar Gaddafi from holding key posts and hire those who had helped topple the long-time dictator.

Benghazi is the cradle of the 2011 uprising which toppled the long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The city has since been the scene of numerous attacks and assassinations.

Libyans rose up against Gaddafiâ„¢s four-decade-long rule in February 2011 and deposed him in August 2011. The ruler was killed on October 20 of the same year.


This article originally appeared on: Press TV