By Ahmed Elumami
Tripoli, 18 August 2013:
The Interior Minister Mohamed Al-Sheikh resigned today, saying that the Prime Minister Ali Zeidan had withdrawn . . .[restrict]all powers from him and he could not do his job properly. Sheikh has been in his job for just four months.
Rami Kaal, the spokesman of the Interior Ministry, told the Libya Herald that the minister had said he had quit because the Prime Minister disrupted all his solutions to activate the police and the interior ministry.
Other sources have indicated that the minister was unhappy with what he described as interference from some some of his deputy ministers.
It has been reported that Sheikh also claimed one of the major reasons he quit was pressure from some Congress members to appoint their relatives to important security positions.
Sheikh said on state TV Al-Wataniya that he was prepared to stay in office until a replacement could be found. However Zeidan accepted his resignation immediately and appointed deputy prime minister Dr. Saddiq Abdulkareem to run the ministry on a temporary basis.
Sheikh was given the interior ministry job after the resignation of Ashour Shuwail in May, following the passing of the Political Isolation Law. [/restrict]