Libya Tripoli-based parliament sacks PM al-Hassi | News | DW | 31.03.2015

Visit the new DW website

Take a look at the beta version of dw.com. We're not done yet! Your opinion can help us make it better.

  1. Inhalt
  2. Navigation
  3. Weitere Inhalte
  4. Metanavigation
  5. Suche
  6. Choose from 30 Languages
Advertisement

News

Libya Tripoli-based parliament sacks PM al-Hassi

Tripoli lawmakers have sacked Omar al-Hassi, the prime minister of Libya's rival government. Libya currently has two parliaments, one with Islamist backing, and the internationally-recognized other in Tobruk.

A spokesman for the Tripoli government, Omar Humeidan, confirmed on Tuesday that the General Government Congress was without a leader.

Humeidan indicated that the sacking of Prime Minister al-Hassi was not expected to disrupt government operations.

"The head of government was dismissed by the parliament in a vote...that was backed by the rest of the ministers," a lawmaker, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told the AFP news agency separately.

Details behind al-Hassi's dismal were unclear, with early media reports suggesting he had lied to lawmakers about government revenues.

Unrest following the overthrow of Moammar Gadhafi's government in 2011 later led to a political split when the Islamist Fajr Libya militia coalition seized Tripoli three years later and installed a rival government.

A group of lawmakers subsequently fled to the country's eastern city of Tobruk and set up a new parliament which is recognized by the international community.

The government in Tobruk withdrew from UN-brokered peace talks with Tripoli last week.

kms/jr (AP, AFP)