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Seven candidates stand for post of Libya prime minister

Published on Apr 20, 2014 10:32 PM
 
A file picture taken on March 12, 2014 shows Libya's interim premier Abdullah al-Thani speaking during a press conference in Tripoli. The Libyan parliament on Sunday began hearing seven candidates who are vying to replace prime minister Abdullah al-Thani who quit last week just days after his appointment. FILE PHOTO: AFP

TRIPOLI (AFP) - The Libyan parliament on Sunday began hearing seven candidates who are vying to replace prime minister Abdullah al-Thani who quit last week just days after his appointment.

Mr Thani announced he was stepping down on April 13, five days after the General National Congress, or parliament, tasked him with forming a new cabinet, saying he had been the victim of an attack.

He had replaced Mr Ali Zeidan, who was ousted a month earlier by the GNC, Libya's highest political authority, for failing to rein in the lawlessness gripping the country.

Members of the GNC, were due to hear the candidates present their programme of government on Sunday, but no date had been fixed for the vote.

 
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