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Libya PM al-Hassi sacked

March 31, 2015

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.

Libyen Ehemaliger Premier Omar al-Hasi
Image: picture alliance/landov/H. Turkia

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)

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