Libya might, or might not, have a new Prime Minister


Libya was once more in disarray last night after controversy erupted over a newly elected Prime Minister.

Ahmed Maetig was elected as the new Prime Minister yesterday but only after a second attempt which the Deputy Speaker of the Congress described as unconstitutional. In the first attempt which was deemed to be constitutional Ahmed Maetig garnered 113 votes, seven votes short of the 120 required to be elected into the post.

The session was closed whilst more deputies were encouraged to attend a second session and this time Ahmed Maetig received 121 votes. However, First Deputy President of Congress, Ezzidden Al-Awami informed the prime minister’s office that the second session was unconstitutional. The second session was called by Second Deputy President, Saleh Makhzoum and it is unclear as to whether there was an unconstitutional procedure conducted or a clash between the two Deputy Speakers.

This morning Abdullah Al-Thinni remains in office as caretaker Prime Minister until the situation is clarified.

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