Libyan PM describes no-confidence vote as 'democratic'

Libyan PM Ali Zeidan said he would step down immediately "if this is in the best interests" of his country.

Libyan PM describes no-confidence vote as 'democratic'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Libya's Prime Minister Ali Zeidan on Wednesday described an attempt by lawmakers to withdraw confidence from his government as a "democratic" measure.

Speaking at a press conference, Zeidan vowed not to let down lawmakers who have back him to remain in his position.

The Libyan premier, however, said he would step down immediately "if this is in the best interests" of his country.

"Several lawmakers have not signed the no-confidence petition," Zeidan said. "Many legislators support the government."

The Libyan parliament failed to secure the necessary votes for withdrawing confidence from Zeidan's government because not enough lawmakers showed up at the session on Tuesday. At least 120 lawmakers must have showed in the session out of a total of 196 parliament members.

In an earlier statement, 99 parliament members announced that they had failed to convince their colleagues in the National Congress to agree on mechanisms for withdrawing confidence from Zeidan's government.

Libyans have struggled to restore order to their country since the death of strongman Muammar Gaddafi in late 2011.

The transitional government and its security forces, meanwhile, have struggled to contain the armed militias that helped overthrow Gaddafi but which held onto their weapons after the 2011 uprising.

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