A picture taken on May 27, 2014 in the capital Tripoli shows the house of new Libyan Prime Minister Ahmed Miitig after it was attack by armed men overnight. AFP PHOTO / MAHMUD TURKIA
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Armed men attacked the home of Libya's new prime minister on Tuesday, two days after he won a parliamentary vote of confidence but with opposition to his proposed government rising.Libya's General National Congress, or interim parliament, had elected 42-year-old businessman Ahmed Miitig as premier in a chaotic vote this month to replace Abdallah al-Thani, who had resigned for security reasons.The GNC passed a vote of confidence in Miitig, who is backed by the Islamists, and his new cabinet amid rising lawlessness in the North African nation dogged by power struggles between rival former-rebel militias.Successive governments have struggled to control the myriad ex-rebel militias that have carved out fiefdoms across the country, and Miitig is Libya's fifth premier since Kadhafi's ouster.He is due to lead a short transitional period until legislative elections are held on June 25, and the new parliament will replace the GNC and form a new cabinet.Largely unknown to the public before his election, Miitig assumed office with opposition to his mandate already mounting and with a renegade former general gathering support for an offensive in the eastern city of Benghazi.
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