Libya's interim government quits as militias accept UN ceasefire call
Resignation opens the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed
Libya's interim government submitted its resignation to the newly elected parliament it said on Friday, raising the possibility that a more inclusive government will be formed, while militias in the capital accepted a UN call for a ceasefire.
Meanwhile, Islamist militias in eastern Libya claimed to have shot down a fighter jet that had been flying over the eastern city of Bayda, broadcaster Al-Nabaa reported. It said the aircraft was under the command of renegade General Khalifa Hifter, who for months has been fighting Islamist militias in the country's east.
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The Cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, said that it had submitted its resignation on Wednesday. It said in statement that it hopes the parliament chooses "a new government that represents all Libyan factions without exclusion."
Al-Thinni's government was at odds with militants who have taken over the capital, Tripoli. In stepping down, it has opened a door for a political solution to Libya's violent divisions.
Militia Spokesman Ahmed Hadiya said in a statement to the media late Thursday that his group will "cooperate with the world."
Hadiya's coalition has sought to cement its control over the capital by reviving the outgoing, Islamist-led parliament, which disputes the legitimacy of the newly elected parliament. Libya is witnessing the worst bout of violence since the toppling down of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011.