Libyan parliament reappointed Abdullah al-Thinni as Prime Minister

Sep 2, 2014 11:18 IST

Libyan parliament reappointed Abdullah al-Thinni as the Prime Minister on 1 September 2014 as the government lost control over the ministries in Tripoli which had been taken over by armed groups. Thinni, a former defence minister, had been the prime minister of Libya since March 2014.

64 out of 106 representatives voted for Abdullah al-Thinni and on the basis of these votes the house instructed him to form a crisis government within two weeks. Abdullah al-Thinni is tasked to assert government control over the country where a fear of full-scale civil war looms large.

Background
The move came after the Islamists rejected the authority of the new Parliament and asked Omar Al Hassi to form a salvation government in a week. Subsequently, the Islamists' Misrata Forces took control over the capital Tripoli.

They secured control over the government headquarters, ministries and buildings along with the US embassy in Tripoli which was evacuated in July 2014 for safety reasons.

It is believed that the forces attacked Tripoli to harm the displaced people from the western town of Tawergha, a town in Libya. The Misrata forces accused the Tawergha people of having backed Libya's former dictator Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted in a US NATO-backed rebellion in 2011.

The situation worsened in Tripoli due to a separate clash in the eastern port city of Benghazi where Khalifa Haftar, a renegade general from the Libyan army, declared war on Islamist militants. Following which the Islamist militia launched an attack to capture Benghazi’s civilian and military airport from Libyan special forces which is under the control of general Khalifa Haftar.

However, the victory of Misrata forces in Tripoli has not yet affected oil production in the country.

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