Monday, June 9, 2014

Libya court annuls Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteg's election

The Libyan Supreme Court has ruled that the election of Ahmed Maiteg as prime minister by parliament last month was unconstitutional. A government spokesman said this was a "final ruling" and all parties must comply with it. Since the vote in May, Libya has had two prime ministers as Abdullah al-Thani has not ceded power, says the BBC's Rana Jawad says in Tripoli. Three years after Muammar Gaddafi was ousted Libya remains engulfed by chaos.

Politicians are divided between various Islamist groups and liberals, while rival militias run different parts of the country. Mr Maiteg, a 42-year-old businessman from Misrata, is not an Islamist but was elected with the support of Islamist blocs, our correspondent says. She says there have been fears of an armed confrontation between supporters of the two prime ministers and the court's ruling does not end this possibility. At the heart of this power struggle is a toxic mix of politics and ideology, with often opaque allegiances with various powerful armed groups, she says.

Elections are due on 25 June, to replace the interim General National Congress, which has been acting as a parliament. Mr Thani said he would step down in April following an attack on his family.
The vote for Mr Maiteg came during a chaotic session. The Congress chairman said the session had ended before the vote was taken and so was invalid. The original session to vote on a new prime minister was interrupted when gunmen stormed the building.

Source: BBC Africa

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