Southern Neighbourhood
Security and countering violence

The Libyan interim government, led by Abdullah al-Thani and based in the east of the country, submitted its resignation to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aguila Salah Issa, on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

The resignation comes after violent clashes took place between police officers and demonstrators protesting the lack of basic services, mainly electricity and health care. 

On Sunday, September 13, protesters set fire to the government headquarters in Benghazi, causing extensive material damage, according to a security source. 

“In the early hours of Sunday, a group of demonstrators attacked the Council of Ministers building and set it on fire before fleeing”,an anonymous source in the Interior Ministry of the interim government told AFP. 

Police and firefighters quickly arrived on scene to try to control the flames that ravaged the main entrance of the building, according to the same source. 

Since the breakout of the Libyan revolution in February 2011, Libya has been in a constant political and security crisis caused mainly by the conflict between the internationally recognized Government of National Unity (GNA) and the House of Representatives supporting Marshal Khalifa Haftar.