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Libyan deputy speaker declares election of prime minister invalid

  • Ali Tarhouni, head of the committee drafting a new constitution for Libya, speaks during a news conference in Benghazi May 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Esam Omran Al-Fetori)

TRIPOLI: Libya's deputy parliamentary speaker declared the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as new prime minister invalid, according to a letter published on a government website on Sunday.

Maiteeq had failed to obtain the necessary quorum during a parliamentary vote earlier on Sunday, First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Ezzedin al-Awami said in a letter to the government.

The government of former premier Abdullah al-Thinni, who resigned three weeks ago, would stay in office until a successor is elected legally, he wrote.

 
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