Libyan Interior Minister Abdel Fatah Yunes has said on Wednesday that he was resigning and called on the armed forces to back the week-long rebellion against veteran leader Moamer Gaddafi.
"I announce my resignation from all my duties in response to the revolution of February 17," Yunes said on Al-Jazeera
television in a reference to violence that broke out last week against the four-decade rule of Gaddafi.
Dressed in military uniform and seated at a desk, he affirmed his "total belief with regards to the sincerity of
the (Libyan people's) demands."
"I call on all the armed forces to respond also to the demands of the people," he added.
Numerous high level Libyan officials, including ministers, diplomats and military officers, have abandoned the
regime and announced their support for the rebellion.