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Libya could fall into “bottomless pit” – NTC chief

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Mustafa Abdel Jalil. Photo: EPA 

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of Libya’s ruling National Transitional Council (NTC), warned on Sunday the country could be heading towards a “bottomless pit” after protesters stormed a government office in Benghazi when he was inside.

A crowd demanding the resignation of the Libyan government smashed windows and forced their way into the NTC’s local headquarters late on Saturday, in the most serious show of anger at the new authorities since Muammar Gaddafi was ousted.

The protests in Benghazi, in eastern Libya, are particularly troubling for the NTC because the city was the birthplace of the revolt against Gaddafi’s 42-year rule. It was the site of the NTC’s headquarters during the revolt.