Libya; Government resigns for new cabinet

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Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni seen on August 4 with US Secretary of State John Kerry - TimesOfMalta
Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni seen on August 4 with US Secretary of State John Kerry – TimesOfMalta

Libya’s prime minister and his cabinet have resigned to make way for a new government based on parliamentary elections held in June.

Thinni was appointed in March, but faced opposition and a government teetering on collapse for much of his tenure. The Islamist-leaning Ahmed Maetig was appointed prime minister following a breakdown of parliament in May but his position was later ruled unconstitutional and Thinni was reinstated as caretaker in June.

On Thursday, August 28, Abdullah al-Thinni’s cabinet said; “We had resigned according to Libya’s constitutional rules to allow the new House of Representatives to form a government based on all parts of society.

The House of Representatives replaced the General National Congress in June, but was forced to move to Tobruk in the far east of the country to escape a month of street fighting in the capital, Tripoli.

“This is just a routine step. There is no conflict between Thinni and the House of Representatives,” an unnamed politician told the Reuters news agency.

AlJazeera

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