Libya par­lia­ment asks PM to form new cab­i­net

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Libya par­lia­ment urges act­ing Prime Min­is­ter Ab­dul­lah al-Thinni to form a new govern­ment within a week.

Libya’s par­lia­ment has asked Prime Min­is­ter Ab­dul­lah al-Thinni to form a new cab­i­net within one week, par­lia­men­tary spokesman said.

“The Gen­eral Na­tional Congress (GNC) ap­pointed Ab­dul­lah al-Thinni as the prime min­is­ter un­der a con­di­tion of form­ing a govern­ment within week,” Omar Hmei­dan told Reuters news agency on Tues­day.

Once a cab­i­net had been formed, the congress would de­cide whether Thinni and his min­is­ter could stay un­til a gen­eral vote ex­pected for later this year, he said.

Thinni’s had ear­lier writ­ten to par­lia­ment ask­ing for more pow­ers and a longer man­date but de­nied me­dia re­ports that it had re­signed at a time of deep­en­ing tur­moil that has hit the North African state’s lifeblood oil ex­ports.

The govern­ment in Tripoli has been strug­ging to en­force se­cu­rity across the coun­try since the re­moval and death of Muam­mar Gaddafi nearly three years ago.

Sev­eral armed groups which had fought against Gaddafi’s rule have been seek­ing greater rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the run­ning of the govern­ment.

“The govern­ment re­fuses to con­tinue as a cab­i­net in charge of day-to-day af­fairs with limited pow­ers,” and may re­sign, GNC spokesman Omar Hmi­dan said, quoted by the of­fi­cial Lana news agency.

Last month the GNC ousted prime min­is­ter Ali Zei­dan af­ter the mil­i­tary failed to pre­vent rebels from send­ing a tanker loaded with oil out from a port they have block­aded. Aljazeera

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