Ministries Back to Work after Sieges End
Has the crisis been partially defused? Can Zidan stay and the GNC get back to work? It remains unclear. What is clear is that enormous delays and inefficiency have been added as a result of the current Political Isolation Law and the intimidation and resort to force surrounding it. Yet for the moment it appears the Libyan people have spoken: They prefer the idea that anyone connected to the former regime cannot hold a prominent position in public life, yet they do not want the gears of government to grind to a halt. Here is what the Libya Herald has to say in Ministries Back to Work after Sieges End.
Staff at the Foreign and Justice Ministries went back to work today after almost a fortnight of being kept out of the buildings by armed militiamen. The latter had originally mounted the blockades in support of the Political Isolation Law.
A week ago, after the Political Isolation Law was passed, the gunmen had refused to end up their sieges insisting they would remain until the government of Ali Zeidan was removed and that they saw that those had been working there who they said had been Qaddafi-era officials were removed.
The continued blocade had resulted in Marghani saying that he would move the Justice Ministry elsewhere, even out of Tripoli.
Following large demonstrations in Friday against the sieges, the militiamen withdrew and on Saturday, the judicial police returned to guard the Ministry of Justice while army units and the police moved in to guard the Foreign Ministry.