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Libya's internationally recognized premier angrily promises to quit during live TV appearance

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister angrily promised to quit during a live television broadcast, though his government says he remains in office. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s outburst early Wednesday on Libya TV, and the confusion surrounding it, shows the chaos still gripping Libya years after the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

FILE - In this Wednesday, April 15, 2015 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni speaks to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Libya’s internationally recognized prime minister angrily promised to quit during a live television broadcast, though his government says he remains in office. Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni’s outburst early Wednesday on Libya TV, and the confusion surrounding it, shows the chaos still gripping Libya years after the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)  (The Associated Press)

Libya's internationally recognized prime minister angrily promised to quit during a live television broadcast, though his government says he remains in office.

Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni's outburst early Wednesday on Libya TV, and the confusion surrounding it, shows the chaos still gripping Libya years after the ouster and killing of dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Al-Thinni made the remark after a host grilled him with questions submitted by angry Libyans. The premier said: "If me leaving is the solution, I am announcing it on live TV that I am resigning."

Later Wednesday, a government official dismissed al-Thinni's remarks as unofficial. Al-Thinni would have to submit his resignation to parliament.

Al-Thinni's remarks come as the United Nations tries to negotiate a power-sharing deal between al-Thinni's government and the Tripoli-based Islamist-led government.