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Libyan Prime Minister sacked by the Parliament after tanker escaped rebel-held port

Mar 13, 2014 11:11 IST

Parliament of Libya voted for removal of Ali Zeidan, the Prime Minister of the country from his office on 12 March 2014 after a tanker loaded with crude oil from rebel-held port Es Sider port escaped the navy. This ouster has created a worsening chaos in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) member states.

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On removal of Zeidan, Abdallah al-Thinni, the Defence Minister of the country has been sworn-in as the acting Prime Minister and he will be acting as the Prime Minister till a new Prime Minister is not elected. The deputies will elect a new Prime Minister within two weeks.

Earlier, the ship was seized by the countries navy, which escaped into the international waters from the Libya's eastern Mediterranean coast, while being moved to a government controlled port in western Libya.

Zeidan came into power in 2012 and was the first person to be elected by a free parliamentary vote. Earlier, Libya was facing a one-man rule of a dictator Muammar Gaddafi, who was ousted in 2011.

Background
The armed militia of Libya controls three Libyan ports on the eastern side of the country. At present the militia of the country is demanding for extension of its share on wealth and power. Following the crisis of the country, the oil exports of the country have declined sharply affecting its economy.

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