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Libya confirms Ahmed Maiteeq as new prime minister

Published on May 5, 2014 7:01 PM

TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - The head of Libya's parliament has confirmed businessman Ahmed Maiteeq as the country's new prime minister, according to a decree signed by him on Monday, one day after a deputy speaker had declared Mr Maiteeq's election invalid.

The divisions in the assembly highlight growing political turmoil in Libya, where the government and parliament are unable to assert their authority in a country awash with arms and militias from the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

Parliament elected Mr Maiteeq on Sunday after chaotic voting in parliament but First Deputy Speaker Ezzedin al-Awami initially said the businessman had failed to obtain the necessary quorum.

On Monday, the president of parliament Nouri Abu Sahmain confirmed that he had asked Mr Maiteeq to form a new government within two weeks, according to the decree posted on parliament's website. Mr Sahmain wields quasi-presidential powers.

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