By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 24 August 2014:
The mayor of the Tripoli suburb of Tajoura has become the first of Libya’s new . . .[restrict]municipal council leaders to resign. Hussein Al-Zaroog submitted his resignation both as mayor and as a member of the seven-member council municipal council on Wednesday but it has not yet been accepted either by the rest of the council or the Ministry of Local Government.
In his letter of resignation, he said that since being elected three months ago, he found that he was not up to the job and for that reason, and personal reasons, he was resigning.
The Libya Herald has been told, however, that he was deeply unhappy with the conflict in Tripoli which has involved some forces from Tajoura, and did not wish to be associated with it.
According to the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections, there is no established process as yet for dealing with resignations, either of mayors or council members. It is not known, therefore, if there will be a by-election to replace Zaroog or if he will be replaced by the man who came sixth in the general list of candidates, Ramadan Gabgub.
The latter process, rather than by-elections, was used to replace members of the General National Congress who resigned during its term of office, even though it meant that some people became members who had won very few votes and had little public support. [/restrict]