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Libyan deputy speaker declares election of prime minister invalid

Published on May 5, 2014 6:20 AM
Reporters watch a live feed of Libyan members of parliament meeting to decide on the new prime minister at the parliament in Tripoli on May 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TRIPOLI (REUTERS) – Libya’s deputy parliamentary speaker declared the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as new prime minister invalid, according to a letter published on a government website on Sunday.

Mr Maiteeq had failed to obtain the necessary quorum during a parliamentary vote earlier on Sunday, First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Ezzedin al-Awami said in a letter to the government.

The government of former premier Abdullah al-Thinni, who resigned three weeks ago, would stay in office until a successor is elected legally, he wrote.