The leader of the Libyan resistance movement is quitting.

Mahmoud Jibril, the U.S.-educated economist leader of Libya's interim government, announced in an interview with Time Magazine that he was quitting - potentially leaving Libya in a perilous state of limbo.

Jibril, who heads the executive board of the rebels' National Transitional Council, did not say exactly when he would resign, but hinted that it could be as soon as Thursday.

Jibril suggested to Time that as the war dragged on, he had found governing the country was increasingly difficult.

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He warned the longer the fighting lasted, the possibility increased for Libya turning "from a national struggle to chaos," and becoming a battleground for "all the foreign powers which have their own agendas towards Libya."

"We have moved into a political struggle with no boundaries," said Jibril.

"The political struggle requires finances, organization, arms and ideologies."

"I am afraid I don't have any of this."

- HERALD ONLINE