Libya PM Zeidan: My Kidnap was 'Coup Attempt'
Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said his brief kidnap this week was an "attempted coup", blaming his political opponents for the attack.
"A political party", he said in TV address, was behind what he described as the "criminal and terrorist act".
He did not name a particular party, but said his political opponents were a "dangerous minority", which had tried to secure enough votes in the congress to have him dismissed.
"When they failed to bring down the government through democratic means, they resorted to the use of force," he added.
In the TV address with members of his cabinet standing staunchly around him, Zeidan said that his kidnap "bears the hallmarks of an attempted coup d'etat against legitimacy".
Ali Zeidan was seized from a Tripoli hotel on Thursday and held for several hours by armed militiamen.
He praised the armed groups that came to rescue him and later called for calm in the increasingly lawless country.