Protesters end siege of Libyan PM's office

AP News
Posted: Mar 25, 2013 10:05 AM

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — About 200 militiamen and protesters demanding the resignation of Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zidan have ended their day-long siege of his office.

Osama Kabar, who is deputy leader of the previously little known group calling itself the Supreme Council of Libya Revolutionaries, said on Monday that the protest in the Libyan capital Tripoli ended after the prime minister sneaked out of the building through the back door late on Sunday.

An official from Zidan's office says he left Monday to Qatar to attend an Arab League summit. He spoke anonymously because he was not authorized to talk to the press.

The group lay siege to the PM's offices on Sunday after Zidan threatened to battle militias, even if outside help was needed. Zidan later retracted his remarks.