Benghazi: Several powerful blasts
rocked Libya`s capital Tuesday, as the executive branch of Libya`s rebel government was sacked in a political crisis a week after their military chief`s assassination.
The explosions in the Fernej district of southwest
Tripoli struck at between O100 am (2300 GMT) and 0200 am,
sending flames shooting into the night sky, an AFP
They were followed by a series of smaller blasts,
suggesting an arms depot had been hit. Two other explosions
followed at around 0600 am, he said.
In the rebel capital of Benghazi in eastern Libya,
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional
Council (NTC), sacked the entire executive office of his
government yesterday, officials said.
He dismissed several top ministers, including those
responsible for finance, defence and information while calling
for root and branch reform.
"Mr Mustafa Abdel Jalil has disbanded the executive
office," spokesman Shamsiddin Abdulmolah told AFP, adding that
prime minister Mahmud Jibril would be tasked with creating a
It was the latest dramatic phase in the turmoil sparked
by the assassination of rebel military commander General Abdel
Fatah Yunis, amid his return to Benghazi under arrest in late
The NTC has come under fire for its role in events
leading up to Yunis`s death, as well as its handling of the
Although details are sketchy and still under
investigation, it is known that an arrest warrant was signed
by senior NTC executive member Ali Essawy, raising allegations
that the NTC unknowingly helped facilitate his murder.
Essawy was one of the most visible members of the rebel
government the interlocutor for visiting foreign dignitaries.
The council has faced angry and sometimes violent
protests from Yunis`s tribe, as well as demands for reform
from groups that were at the forefront of the uprising against
Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi that erupted in mid-February.
Jalil has vowed that an internal investigation into the
NTC`s management of the crisis would not flinch from
apportioning blame. "No one is above the law, starting from
the top of the NTC," he said.
Since the general`s death, tribal tensions have come to
the surface in a country where clans for decades have formed
the basis for solving disputes in the absence of functioning
Insiders have reported frequent clashes between the
NTC, whose members were largely Libyan-based lawyers and
former members of Gaddafi`s regime, and the executive branch,
the majority of whom were exiles.