Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has given up his post as head of the country's ruling secretariat.
Libyan leader Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi has given up his post as head of the country's ruling secretariat. According to the Jamahiriyah News Agency, his resignation is intended to distribute power more widely among the people. But Colonel Gaddafi will continue as head of state.
SYNOPSIS: The changes were made at a special session of the General People's Congress, the Libyan Parliament, which started in Tripoli on Thursday (1 March). Colonel Gaddafi announced his resignation to the members of the Congress.
The colonel had been head of the five-man People's Congress Secretariat since 1977, when the Revolutionary Command Council was disbanded. The Command Council had run the country from the time when King Idris was overthrown in 1969.
Colonel Gaddafi has been replaced by Abdel-Ati al-Abeidi, formerly First Secretary of the Cabinet, and there are plans to form a new Secretariat and Congress.
Members gave their formal approval to the changes, which the Jamahiriyah News Agency described as 'historic'.