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Libya's defence minister resigns

Libyas defence minister resigns

Tripoli: Libya's defence minister has resigned, calling a siege of government ministries by armed groups an "assault" on democracy.

The resignation of Mohammed Mahmoud al-Bargati comes as gunmen in Libya's capital Tripoli kept up their siege of ministries on Tuesday despite parliament's adoption of a law to purge Gaddafi-era officials from their posts, which was supposed to appease the protestors.

Some are demanding the government's resignation.

"I will never be able to accept that politics [can] be practiced by the power of weapons ... This is an assault against the democracy I have sworn to protect," Bargati said.

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