By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 14 August 2013:
Speaking at today’s press conference Prime Minister Ali Zeidan insisted that he will not succumb to . . .[restrict]calls for him to resign.
“Even if another government came (to power) they could not do any better”, Zeidan proclaimed. “We are not saying this because we think we are better”, he insisted.
“I don’t want any political gain or to remain in this position in future”, he maintained. Zeidan admitted that he “was asked will I resign?”, and instantly replied: “I said no”.
He insisted that the only way he would resign was “If the GNC wants to withdraw confidence”.
“I will not resign”, he repeated. “I don’t love power”, he claimed, and he revealed that he reads the internet, Facebook and twitter etc. “But I do not get affected by what is said”, he claimed.
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was no doubt reacting to the crescendo of calls for him to resign that had peaked towards the end of the fasting month of Ramadan.
A series of bombings and assassinations, including the targeting of the Corinthia and Radisson hotels as well as the murder of military personnel and journalists, together with widespread power cuts at the height of summer, had led to increasing public demands for Zeidan’s resignation.
However, the determined, some say stubborn, Prime Minister stood his ground, determined that the government’s weakness is caused by the whole state’s post revolutionary weakness and has nothing to do specifically with the personalities within the government. [/restrict]