The head of Libya’s transitional government suspended delegates from Benghazi, the city that kicked off the movement that toppled ruler Muammar . . .[restrict]Gaddafi last year.
The move follows protests in Benghazi accusing the body of corruption and not moving fast enough on reform. It shows the splits plaguing Libya’s new regime.
Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, head of the National Transitional Council, told The Associated Press today he suspended the membership of the six representatives from Benghazi, the main city in eastern Libya. They can continue to serve only if approved by the local city council.
Abdul-Jalil said he had appointed a council of religious leaders to investigate corruption charges.
The body’s deputy head, Abdel-Hafiz Ghoga resigned in protest over the suspensions. Another delegate, Fathi Baja, called the move “illegitimate.” [/restrict]