Libyan Islamist Party's Ministers Quit Government

Source: Reuters 1/21/2014, Location: Africa

Libya's Islamist Justice and Construction Party on Tuesday pulled its five ministers, including the oil minister, out of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan's government, complicating efforts to stabilize the OPEC country.

Two years after Muammar Gaddafi's fall, the oil-producing North African state has struggled to overcome political turmoil and heavily-armed ex-rebels who fought in the 2011 revolt against the autocrat but now refuse to disarm.

At least two people were killed in clashes on Tuesday west of Tripoli when soldiers and militia allies attacked an area where they said gunmen still loyal to Gaddafi were holed up, a Reuters witness and officials said.

Resignations by JCP, which had repeatedly failed to secure a vote of no-confidence against Zeidan, will deepen deadlock in the General National Congress (GNC) parliament, which has made little progress in Libya's transition to democracy.

"Zeidan failed in his duty to provide security, and to deliver in the electricity and oil sectors," Nizar Kawan, a leading JCP member, said in a statement.

"We had asked for a withdrawal of confidence, but some don't understand the danger of the stage we are at now."

Oil Minister Abdelbari Arusi was among those the JCP said was resigning.

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