By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 20 May 2013:
The manager of GNC President Mohamed Magarief”s media office has said he can neither confirm nor . . .[restrict]deny reports that Magrief will present his resignation to tomorrow’s session.
Mohamed Bzaza said that so far the President has not informed Congress about resigning and that what was being reported now had come from a number of Congress members but was not official.
There have been numerous reports on various social networks over the past 24 hours saying that Magarief intended to give up the post of head of Congress on Tuesday. Other members, however, are saying that he intends to resign at the Congress sitting on 28 May.
Intriguingly, the suggestion is that he will resign purely as President of Congress, not also as a member of the legislature.
As a one-time Libyan ambassador to India before he broke with the Qaddafi regime and joined the opposition in 1980, Magarief is one of a number of leading Libyan officials cast aside by the Political Isolation Law approved earlier this month. He and the others are supposed to be “isolated” – dismissed – by 7 June. One senior official told the Libya Herald last week that he had been personally told by Magarief that he would hand in his resignation before the law came into effect.