Head of rival govt in Libya capital sacked: MP

The leader of the government in Tripoli, Omar al-Hassi, was sacked Tuesday by the parliament in the Libyan capital.

The leader of the government in Tripoli, Omar al-Hassi, was sacked Tuesday by the parliament in the Libyan capital.


The leader of the government in Tripoli, Omar al-Hassi, was sacked Tuesday by the parliament in the Libyan capital, which is under the control of an Islamist-backed militia, a lawmaker said.

“The head of the government was dismissed by the parliament in a vote on Tuesday that was backed by the rest of the ministers,” the lawmaker told AFP.

Libya has had two governments and parliaments since Tripoli was seized in August 2014 by the Fajr Libya militia coalition and the internationally recognised government fled to the country’s far east.

The militia appointed Hassi in August, but lawmakers in the General National Congress, the alternative parliament, challenged his leadership and demanded his departure.

Hassi faced criticism for failing to fire ministers accused of corruption.

One of his aides, Mohammed Khalifa al-Guwail, has now been tasked with handling the everyday business of the government, according to another parliamentary source.

Libya has been wracked by political turmoil and violence since the 2011 uprising backed by NATO air strikes that ousted and killed dictator Moamer Kadhafi.

The rival parliaments have been holding UN-sponsored talks in Morocco aimed at ending the bloodshed and establishing a provisional unity government.


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