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Ahmed Maitiq sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Libya

May 27, 2014 19:05 IST

Ahmed Maitiq was sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Libiya on 26 May 2014. Maitiq took oath of his office before Nuri Abu Sahmain, the President of the General National Congress, Libya's transitional Parliament.

He became the Prime Minister after winning the confidence vote in the Parliament on 25 May 2014. In the vote of confidence, he received 83 votes in favour of the 93 votes.

At 42, he is the youngest and the fifth Prime Minister of Libya since dictator Moammar Gadhafi was toppled and killed in a 2011 revolution.

He will take over the charge after the acting Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni will hand over his power. Thinni resigned from the post of Prime Minister in April 2014 and since then the post has been lying vacant.

Maitiq who is a businessman and educated in Britain was challenged by some politicians just after the votes claiming that the votes were meaningless. This was because out of 200 lawmakers only 93 were present at the time of voting.

Apart from this, Ezzedine Awami, the first deputy President of the Parliament announced on 26 May 2014 that Thinni will stay as the country’s Prime Minister as the vote procedure was not legitimate. The statement was issued in accordance to the Ministry of Justice that has termed the vote invalid.

Background

Since Libiyan former leader Muammar Gaddafi was toppled followed by popular protests and eight-month long civil war in 2011, the country’s Parliament has been stuck in a deadlock between the Islamists and secular groups. Since then the country’s conditions has been plagued and is being controlled by powerful militias. These challenges and the decision of Awami have created confusion that who will be the Prime Minister of Libiya.

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