Libyan national congress elects new Prime Minister

Last Updated: Mon, Oct 15, 2012 04:22 hrs

Tripoli: Ali Zaidan, a former diplomat, was elected Sunday Libya's prime minister after a vote in the country' s national congress.

The Libyan national TV announced late Sunday the victory of Zaidan, an opponent of long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi who was ousted and killed in last year's civil war.

Zaidan won the vote 93-85 against Mohammed al-Harari, after the exclusion of two other candidates earlier, namely Abdulhammed Alnamee, who failed to receive enough recommendation from congress members, and Ibrahim Aldabashy, who did not meet up with standards of trust and integrity.

According to national congress spokesman Omar Hameedan, the winner is tasked with naming the members of his ministry cabinet in 15 days from the announcement of the vote result.

A week ago, the Libyan national congress dismissed for the second time the cabinet line-up by ex-Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur.

The congress voted 125 versus 44 in favor of removing Abushagur as prime minister, with 17 abstentions.

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