Libya Cabinet wins confidence vote in Parliament

The proposed cabinet of Libyan premier Ahmed Miitig Sunday won a vote of confidence in the General National Congress, or interim parliament, a lawmaker said.

AFP| Last Updated: May 26, 2014, 08:18 AM IST

Tripoli: The proposed cabinet of Libyan premier Ahmed Miitig Sunday won a vote of confidence in the General National Congress, or interim parliament, a lawmaker said.

"The vote of confidence was obtained by 83 votes out of 94 lawmakers present," MP Mohammed Laamari told AFP.

Miitig`s cabinet is due to replace that of Abdullah al-Thani, who resigned last month amid mounting lawlessness, and as a rogue general gains support for an assault against Islamist militias in the east of the country.
The GNC elected Islamist-backed businessman Miitig, 42, prime minister in a chaotic vote in early May. The session came just days after gunmen stormed the GNC to interrupt an earlier ballot.

He is Libya`s fifth and youngest prime minister since longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 uprising.

Since Kadhafi`s fall, successive governments in the oil-rich North African nation have struggled to impose order as heavily armed former rebel brigades have carved out their own fiefdoms and refused to join the security forces.
In mid-May, former general Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive against Islamist militias in the eastern city of Benghazi, cradle of the 2011 uprising and a hotbed of attacks against troops and police.

Army units and officers have joined Haftar`s forces, and on Friday thousands of demonstrators rallied in support of his assault.