Libyan premier wins congress backing after renegade general’s threats

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Libya’s new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq won a vote of confidence from parliament on Sunday in defiance of a renegade former army general who has challenged the assembly’s legitimacy.Maiteeq, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood which is fiercely opposed by anti-Islamist forces in Libya, was initially elected two weeks ago after a chaotic parliamentary session that some lawmakers had rejected as illegal.Lawmakers met again on Sunday under heavy security to vote to approve Maiteeq’s government a week after militia forces loyal to former army general Khalifa Haftar attacked the congress to demand lawmakers hand over power.”The congress has granted Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq its confidence. Out of 95 members, 83 voted in favor of his government,” Abdulhamid Ismail Yarbu, an independent lawmaker told Reuters.

For full report read …… http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/25/us-libya-crisis-idUSBREA4O05R20140525

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