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Amid Fighting in Benghazi, Libyan Supreme Court Rules Against Election of Mi'aitiq, Leaves Prime Minister Thinni in Office
June 5, 2014
Security officers stand guard outside Libya's Supreme Court in Tripoli, Libya, June 5, 2014
Libya's Supreme Court Declares PM's Election Illegal
Libya's Supreme Court says one of the country's two rival prime
ministers, Ahmed Maitiq, was named "illegally," due to the absence of a
quorum during the vote. In the country without a permanent
constitution and a disputed parliament, the decision appears to leave
caretaker Prime Minister Abdallah Thani in charge. But, Thani says
no final decision will be made until Monday.
Libya court rules PM election illegal
Independent, June 5, 2014
Libya’s Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the election of the new Prime Minister Ahmed Maitiq was illegal, according to court officials.
Maitiq, a businessman from Libya’s third largest city of Misrata, was sworn in as prime minister last month, but he was immediately challenged by his predecessor Abdullah Thinni and some judicial officials.
Thinni has until now refused to transfer power, although forces allegedly loyal to Maitiq has occupied the government compound.
Some judicial officials said the earlier parliamentary confidence vote which confirmed Maitiq as the new prime minister was invalid because less than half of the lawmakers, mostly Maitiq backers attended the session.
The Libyan parliament has been stuck in a deadlock between the secular groups and Islamists since the 2011 popular protests that toppled the country’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi.
Some analysts said the ruling may set the stage for a more intense power struggle between different interest groups.
Libyan premier visits Benghazi after wave of fighting
Thu Jun 5, 2014 2:24pm EDT
Libya's outgoing premier Abdullah al-Thinni traveled on Thursday to the eastern city of Benghazi, hit by heavy fighting between irregular forces and Islamists for the last three weeks.
Public life in the port city, a base for oil firms, has largely come to a standstill since renegade general Khalifa Haftar declared war on the Islamist militias, saying the government had failed to tackle them. Tripoli has denounced Haftar as trying to stage a coup.
More than 100 people have been killed in almost daily clashes, sometimes involving helicopters or warplanes and hitting residential districts. Universities have been mostly closed and many residents have been hiding indoors.
With a no-fly zone in place, Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni and several ministers had to fly to Abraq airport 200 km (120 miles) east of Benghazi and travel from there by car.
"We came to Benghazi to support the city's residents, special forces and security forces," Thinni told Reuters during the visit. "We know what the special forces need in terms of weapons and ammunition."
He said wounded people would be sent abroad for treatment. Local hospitals have asked for blood donations because of the large number of casualties.
Libya is threatened with chaos, as government and parliament are unable to control militias, armed tribesmen and Islamists who helped overthrow Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 but now defy state authority.
The country currently has two prime ministers. Last month parliament voted into office Ahmed Maiteeq in an election disputed by some lawmakers and officials. Thinni has refused to hand over power until courts review the election process.
Libya's renegade general survives assassination attempt
BENGHAZI, Libya, June 4, 2014 (Xinhua) --
Libya's "coup" general Khalifa Haftar on Wednesday survives a suicide attack on his army camp in Benghazi, according to one air force commander.
The suicide attacker blew himself up at the gate of Haftar's headquarter in Bomrem region some 60 kilometers southeast of Benghazi, killing three guards at the site, one of Haftar's air force commanders Brigadier Saqr Jeroshi told Xinhua in an telephone interview.
"The guards saw a car rushing towards them and it exploded near the headquarter and caused massive damage." Jeroshi said.
Jeroshi added he got slightly injured and Haftar was not hurt. It was not immediately clear about the identities of the attacker.
Local media reported that the Islamist fighters in Benghazi were seeking revenge after days of air strikes and attacks by forces loyal to Haftar. Haftar, who played a major role in toppling Libya's former leader Muammar Gaddafi, has led a series of military operations against Islamist militias in Benghazi and some pro-Islamist lawmakers in Tripoli in the name of "purging terrorists."
He has recently gained support from army and government officials but the interim parliament still defined his maneuvers as "coup".
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