Tripoli military chief Belhadj enters politics
Tripoli Military Council head Abdel Hakim Belhadj on Tuesday (May 15th) announced that he had resigned in order to participate in Libya's June 19th constituent assembly elections. He explained that he exited the post Monday night because the military council had completed its mission.
"The Council has helped integrate thousands of revolutionaries into the national army and interior ministry," he said, adding that the time had come for state "institutions to take charge of security".
Belhadj, who said he would launch his "Hizb al-Watan" (Homeland Party) next week, called on former revolutionaries to participate in politics. The new party, which will include known political figures, already has "a presence in all Libyan cities", he told Magharebia.
The former Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) commander is one of the most prominent Islamist leaders in Libya.
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