Threatened with ‘isolation,’ Qaddafi-era officials resign

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A number of Libya’s former regime officials have chosen to resign before they are removed by a “political isolation” law that was passed last month.

The law bans anyone who held a senior post in Muammar Qaddafi’s regime.

Mohamed al-Megaryef, former president of Libya's ruling General National Congress (GNC), was the latest official to resign last Tuesday.

Megaryef was Libya’s ambassador to India in the 1980s before he defected to become a leader of the exiled opposition for three decades.

The Libyan General National Congress passed the “political isolation” law on May 5 under pressure from armed militias.

Former Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail had resigned on May 21, leaving his post to Mohamed al-Sheikh.

During a press conference outgoing Shuwail urged Libyans not to look backward, in reference to the “political isolation.”

“I went forth with this resignation due to personal reasons and the time will come when I will be able to give further details over why I resigned. I hand over the office to our brother, Mohammed al-Sheikh. The country needs collaboration of efforts as we cannot look backward, we need to look forward.”

The law is expected to bring changes in ministries of foreign affairs, justice, information, economy and local government.

It is also expected to remove at least 20 Qaddafi-era members in the General National Congress.