Libya parliament gives confidence to new gov't

The voting session came one week after forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar attacked parliament headquarters in Tripoli and kidnapped several lawmakers.

Libya parliament gives confidence to new gov't

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya's interim parliament on Sunday voted to give confidence to Premier-elect Ahmed Miitig's government, a Libyan lawmaker has said.

"As many as 83 out of 93 lawmakers who attended the Sunday session voted in the new cabinet's favor," MP Omar Boushah told Anadolu Agency.

The new prime minister left eight out of 23 ministerial portfolios empty for further talks with political groups, the lawmaker said.

The session was held under heavy security at a palace housing the command of the military council of Tripoli.

The voting session came one week after forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar attacked parliament headquarters in Tripoli and kidnapped several lawmakers.

Haftar's forces have taken up arms against militia groups that now serve as part of Libya's regular army in the eastern city of Benghazi.

Haftar says his campaign, dubbed "Operation Dignity," is aimed at "purging" Libya of "extremists."

Libya's government, however, has called the move a "coup" against constitutional legitimacy.

Haftar argues that the parliament's mandate must be assigned to another constitution-writing body.

A spokesperson for Haftar's Operations Room on Saturday warned the interim parliament against convening, dismissing the legislature as "conspiring".

Supporters and opponents of Haftar staged protests in the capital Tripoli on Friday.

Libya has been suffering from growing violence and lawlessness since the 2011 uprising that ended the autocracy of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

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