Libya’s prime minister vows not to give in to blackmail after 100-strong militia held him prisoner for hours

National Post | News

Libya’s prime minister, Ali Zeidan, said Thursday night that he would not give in to blackmail after militias critical of his ties to the West seized him and held him prisoner for several hours.

Mr Zeidan was abducted early Thursday morning from the Corinthia Hotel in the centre of Tripoli, where he had been staying for his own protection for fear of country’s breakdown in law and order.

A 100-strong militia loyal to another faction in what passes for Libya’s government arrived, saying it had come to arrest him for corruption. He was whisked away in his nightclothes and a grainy photograph later released to the media showed he had not even been allowed to don his spectacles.

His Western backers urged his release, and senior government officials began to negotiate frantically as yet another impasse in attempts to transform Libya into a civil-run society threatened to spill over into…

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