Libya's new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq speaks during a news conference at the office of the Prime Minister in Tripoli on June 7, 2014. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny
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In a chaotic parliamentary session, Libya's supreme court Monday ruled that the election of premier Ahmad Maiteeq was unconstitutional, ending a monthlong political crisis that saw two rival cabinets jostling for power.The standoff started in early May, when parliament voted Maiteeq as new premier to replace Abdullah al-Thani, who resigned after an attack on his family.Maiteeq, 42, an independent backed by the Islamists, had been due to lead the country for a short interim period until June 25, when the country is due to hold an election to replace the congress.After refusing to hand over power, Thani convened his cabinet last week even as Maiteeq's government held its first session, reportedly in a luxury hotel since his predecessor was at the time occupying the seat of government.
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