The Straits Times
Published on Sep 27, 2012

Libya's congress gives new PM ultimatum to name govt


TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - Libya's ruling congress on Wednesday said it threatened to dismiss the new prime minister if he fails to name his new Cabinet by Oct 8.

A spokesman for the congress told reporters the ultimatum was given after Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur asked to extend the period in which he can form a government by 10 days.

Mr Abushagur, elected by the congress on Sept 12, was due to present his government list to the national assembly for approval by Sept 28.

"If he fails to submit his proposed Cabinet by the deadline, we would consider his position as resigned, and there will be a vote for a new prime minister," spokesman Omar Homaidan told reporters.