Ousted PM Zeidan: Libya "haven, terror base" for potential attacks on EU

Published March 26th, 2014 - 10:12 GMT
Ali Zeidan was ousted from the premier post earlier this month (File Archive/AFP)
Ali Zeidan was ousted from the premier post earlier this month (File Archive/AFP)

Al Arabiya News reported Wednesday that ousted Libyan Prime Minister has described his country as in "danger of becoming an Al Qaeda terror base," particularly in terms of attacks directed at EU countries. 

Former PM Ali Zeidan told the London-based Times, “Libya could be a base for Al Qaeda for any operation to Italy, to Britain, to France, to Spain, to Morocco, to everywhere. Weapons are everywhere, ammunition is everywhere.”

Zeidan, who is now based in Germany after leaving Libya despite a parliamentary ban on his travel due to corruption allegations, described Islamist groups in Libya as "sabotaging attempts" to rebuild the restive north Africa country. 

“These [extremists] want Libya not to be a civil state, not to be a state of law, they want it as what happened in Afghanistan,” he said.

Zeidan said that he is thinking about returning to his country "very soon" and his plan is "to struggle to reform the state, to stabilize the situation."

Tripoli's parliament ousted Zeidan from the PM post earlier this month after eastern rebels managed to independently export government-owned crude oil supplies, reflecting how growing chaos has diminished the authority of the central government. 

Zeidan was banned from travel following the incident, but he left anyways via plane to Malta the same night as his ouster. 

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