Libya cabinet calls for new government within week, turmoil deepens

Parliament gave Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni a temporary mandate which needs to be renewed every two weeks after it sacked Ali Zeidan as head of the government last month.

Libya cabinet calls for new government within week, turmoil deepens

World Bulletin/News Desk

Libya's parliament has urged Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni to form a new government within a week, an assembly spokesman said on Tuesday, apparently rejecting a cabinet request for more powers to tackle the disorder crippling the OPEC country.

A weak central government in Tripoli is locked in confrontation with parliament and unable to control militias that helped oust Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 uprising but kept their guns and carved out autonomous fiefs.

"The General National Congress has appointed Abdullah Al-Thinni as the prime minister under a condition of forming a government within a week," parliamentary spokesman Omar Hmeidan told Reuters.

Once a cabinet had been formed, the congress would decide whether Thinni and his minister could stay until a general election 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.

In a typical sign of chaos and often contradictory information in Libya, the state news agency LANA as well as Libyan and Arab television stations said the cabinet had quit.

Libya's cabinet has a sent letter to parliament asking for more power and a longer mandate earlier, and  denied reports it has resigned, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

Television stations in Libya and across the Arab world, including Al Jazeera, ran reported on Tuesday that the cabinet had stepped down.

"The government is working normally but there was a letter sent to the General National Congress saying the government needs more authority to work," the spokesman said.

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 16:15
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