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Libyan parliament does not recognise new PM: Official

Published on May 5, 2014 9:25 AM

TRIPOLI (AFP) - The election of Libya's new prime minister Ahmed Miitig was in doubt on Monday after a senior parliament official said that the assembly does not recognise the country's new leader.

Ezzedin Al-Awami, the first vice-president of the parliament, said that in the confusion of a vote taken by parliament Sunday, Miitig failed to get the number of votes required.

A statement posted on the government website said the Islamist-backed businessman received 113 votes but needed 120 to be declared the country's new prime minister in accordance with the constitution.

In a second statement published on the website, Awami says the vote of confidence is "void and illegal." It followed an earlier chaotic session of the General National Congress (GNC).

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