World Bulletin / News Desk
Libya's House of Representatives has voted to give confidence to the emergency government of Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni with a sweeping majority, a lawmaker said.
According to MP Tareq al-Garoushi, 110 deputies, out of 112 who attended the vote session late Sunday, voted in favor of al-Thinni's government that comprised of nine portfolios and three deputy premiers.
The post of defense minister would remain vacant after MPs refused al-Thinni's proposal to keep the portfolio in the new government, al-Garoushi told Anadolu Agency.
Libya has been dogged by political instability since the 2011 ouster and death of longstanding ruler Muammar Gaddafi.
Ever since, rival militias have locked horns, bringing violence to Libya's main cities, including capital Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi – while the Libyan government has appeared absent from the scene.
The sharp divisions have yielded two rival seats of government in the country, each of which has its own institutions.
Two assemblies currently vie for legislative authority: the newly-elected House of Representatives, which convenes in the eastern city of Tobruk; and the General National Congress, which – even though its mandate ended in August – continues to convene in capital Tripoli.
The two parliaments support two different governments respectively headquartered in the two cities.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2014, 09:40