Libya’s Arab League delegate resigns in solidarity with protesters

Ambassador Abdel Moneim al-Huny, Libya's permanent representative at the Arab League, announced his resignation on Sunday evening to protest Libyan authorities’ use of violence against demonstrators who are demanding the ouster of President Muammar Qaddafi’s regime.

“Yes, I resigned in solidarity with my people, who have faced heinous massacres simply because they are asking for political, economic and social reforms,” al-Huny told Al-Masry Al-Youm.

He added that several Libyan ministers have also submitted resignations, including the Minister of the Interior (who joined the protesters), the Minister of Justice, and the military leaders in Libya’s eastern region (most of whom also joined the protesters).

Al-Huny said he submitted his resignation to Libya's Foreign Ministry by email, but has not yet received a response “due to the fear and confusion all government officials are experiencing.”

The former diplomat confirmed that tens of thousands of Libyan protesters are currently laying siege to the area of Bab al-Azizia, where one of Qaddafi’s residences is located. The protesters will not leave until he transfers power to a civilian-led transition government, according to al-Huny, who added that he considers their demands fair and legitimate, and the regime’s use of violence unjust.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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