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Libya PM quits following attack on his family

Libya's caretaker premier refuses to form new cabinet, says current government to continue until appointment of new PM
‘I will not accept Libyans killing each other over this post’ (AFP)

Libya's prime minister Abdullah al-Thani stepped down on Sunday, saying he and his family had been the victims of a "traitorous" armed attack the previous day.
Thani quit less than a week after parliament tasked him with forming a new cabinet and a month after it ousted his predecessor for failing to rein in the lawlessness gripping the North African country.
He said in a statement that he would not accept the premiership after a "traitorous attack" on himself and his family, but he would stay on in a caretaker capacity until a new prime minister is appointed.
Amid controversy over his appointment, Thani, who was defence minister under ousted premier Ali Zeidan, was named on Tuesday.
"I will not accept Libyans killing each other over this post," Thani said in his statement addressed to the General National Congress (GNC).
Thani said the attack on Saturday had terrorised inhabitants of a residential district and "put the lives of some of them at risk", without giving specific details.
A source close to Thani told AFP that the incident took place on the road from the capital to its airport and caused no casualties.
But he has refused to form a new government, the state news agency reported on Sunday.
Thani said his caretaker government would continue to do its work until the appointment of a new prime minister, said the agency.
On Tuesday, parliament spokesman Omar Homaidan said that lawmakers had set a seven-day deadline for al-Thinni to form a new government.
Thani sent a message to parliament last week demanding more authorities for his caretaker government.
Libya has seen near daily attacks, particularly in the restive east, as well as a challenge from rebels who blockaded vital oil terminals for nine months, and a growing political crisis stemming from the interim parliament's decision to extend its mandate.
GNC spokesman Hmidan said Thani would remain in office until the election of a new parliament, the date for which has not been set.
The interim parliament sparked outrage earlier this year when it decided to extend its mandate from February until December.
A wave of protests compelled it to promise early elections and a new electoral law.
Libya has remained in turmoil since a 2011 popular uprising that ended with the ouster and later death of longstanding leader Muammar Gaddafi.