Protests bring down Libyan economy minister

Revolution breaks with the past

TRIPOLI - Libya's economy minister Tahar Sharkass, who also held a post under Moamer Gathafi, has resigned after protests demanding the exclusion of former regime officials, the prime minister said on Saturday.
"Yes, he has resigned," Abdel Rahim al-Kib told reporters, adding the minister had quit for health reasons.
Sharkass stood down in the wake of days of demonstrations in the capital and in the eastern city of Benghazi demanding that officials who served under dead dictator Gathafi be excluded from public life in the new Libya.
He had also served in Gathafi's economy ministry.
The protesters has also demanded that former officials and "opportunists" be excluded, that the right to freedom of expression be guaranteed, that the authorities act transparently and that young people be better represented.