Libyan rebel leader sacks cabinet following death of Abdel Fatah Yunis

Benghazi (MAP) - Libya's rebel leader sacked the entire executive office of his de-facto government Monday, officials said, in an aggressive move to end a crisis caused by the assassination of a rebel general.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the National Transitional Council, dismissed several top ministers -- including those responsible for finance, defence and information -- while calling for root and branch reform.

"Mr. Mustafa Abdel Jalil has disbanded the executive office," spokesman Shamsiddin Abdulmolah said, adding that the de-facto prime minister Mahmud Jibril will now be tasked with creating a reformed body.

Another NTC spokesman, Mohamed El-Kish, confirmed the news, adding that some ministers may be reappointed, but "a few will definitely not come back."

It is the latest dramatic phase in the turmoil sparked by the assassination of General Abdel Fatah Yunis -- amid his return to Benghazi under arrest in late July.

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