30 Libyan MPs demand assembly speaker step down

The 30 liberal MPs accuse Abosahmain of bias in favor of the GNC's Islamist bloc, saying his performance as parliament speaker to date has been "weak."

30 Libyan MPs demand assembly speaker step down

World Bulletin / News Desk

Thirty MPs in Libya's interim parliament have demanded that Parliamentary Speaker Nouri Abosahmain step down in exchange for achieving consensus on a new prime minister, an MP said Tuesday.

"There is initial agreement to withdraw confidence [from Abosahmain]," Ahmed Lanki, a liberal MP in Libya's General National Congress (GNC), told Anadolu Agency.

"He must resign or he will be sacked," he added.

The 30 liberal MPs accuse Abosahmain of bias in favor of the GNC's Islamist bloc, saying his performance as parliament speaker to date has been "weak."

GNC members are now expected to name a new prime minister within days.

Last month, they voted to sack former prime minister Ali Zeidan, assigning Abdullah al-Thinni, an army general, to head up a caretaker government.

Earlier this month, Abusahmain announced plans to step down over a widely circulated video in which he is questioned by unseen interrogators about the presence of two women at his home at night.

The video's appearance prompted Prosecutor-General Abdel-Qader Radwan to order a probe into the incident.

On Monday, Libyan state television broadcast footage of a GNC session in which MPs heard proposed electoral programs from seven nominees for the premiership.

The new prime minister will require the confidence of at least 120 of the GNC's 200 members.

However, recent walkouts and disqualifications have left the GNC operating with only 140 members.

The assembly had earlier announced it would postpone a planned Tuesday session in order to "give bloc leaders the chance to evaluate proposals" tabled by the seven candidates for the premiership, according to Lanki.

Libya's interim parliament recently passed a new parliamentary election law following pressure to speed up the country's current transitional period.

Libyans have struggled to restore order to their country since the 2011 uprising that ultimately led to the fall of longstanding strongman Muammar Gaddafi.

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