Libya gunmen lift siege of ministries

AFP-JIJI

Libyan militiamen besieging the foreign and justice ministries in Tripoli have withdrawn and handed control of the compounds back to the authorities, Justice Minister Salah al-Marghani said Saturday.

“Those who were at the two ministries have handed over the two ministries to a committee formed by the government and the General National Congress and have now departed,” Marghani said.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan had announced on Wednesday there would be a Cabinet reshuffle “in the coming days,” against the backdrop of the country’s latest political crisis, sparked by former rebels besieging the two ministries.

Zeidan’s announcement came days after the General National Congress adopted a law that would bar collaborators of ousted and slain dictator Moammar Gadhafi from holding government posts.