East Libyan Government Resigns Amid Protests

PM Thanni submits resignation to parliament

One of Libya’s two largest self-proclaimed governments, the Tobruk-based eastern government, has fallen over the weekend, with Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thanni submitting his resignation to parliament, in the face of mounting protests.

Thanni has been a top figure in Tobruk for years. His government backs the self-proclaimed leader of the self-proclaimed Libyan National Army (LNA), Gen. Khalifa Hafter. Parliament says they will address what happens at their next session, though that is not scheduled yet.

Thanni’s government was not recognized by the UN, which prefers the Tripoli-based Government of National Accord (GNA). The Tobruk parliament is, however, backed by a number of Gulf Arab states, and neighboring Egypt.

The LNA has been fighting the GNA for awhile, but the siege of Tripoli failed this summer, putting the GNA in a more secure position. This is likely part of why protests are growing and Thanni’s position felt less and less tenable.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is Senior Editor for Antiwar.com. He has 20 years of experience in foreign policy research and his work has appeared in The American Conservative, Responsible Statecraft, Forbes, Toronto Star, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Providence Journal, Washington Times, and the Detroit Free Press.