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Libya's outgoing parliament names new government

August 25, 2014
Associated Press

CAIRO (AP) — A Libyan lawmaker and television stations are saying that the country's outgoing parliament has voted to sack the current government and name a new one.

The decision Monday leaves the country with two rival parliaments and governments.

The outgoing Islamist-dominated parliament in Tripoli refuses to recognize the parliament elected in June, which is controlled by non-Islamists.

The newly-elected parliament meets in the eastern city of Tobruk because of militia infighting in Tripoli and the country's second-largest city, Benghazi.

Libyan television station Alharar and a lawmaker in Tripoli said the parliament voted unanimously to appoint a new "national salvation government" headed by Omar al-Hassi, a university professor.

That parliament had previously tried to sack the current head of the interim government, Abdullah al-Thinni. But Libya's constitutional court declared the move unconstitutional.



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