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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

5/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Factions within nation now battle for supremacy

Long after the fall of the hated regime of Moammar Khadafi during the "Arab spring," Libya still remains in turmoil. The oil-rich nation now faces the very real prospect of falling into civil war.

Ahmed Maïtik, a 42-year-old businessman is originally from Misrata. He succeeds Abdullah Al-Thani, who was forced to resign after an attack was made against his family.

Ahmed Maïtik, a 42-year-old businessman is originally from Misrata. He succeeds Abdullah Al-Thani, who was forced to resign after an attack was made against his family.

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By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

5/6/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Libya, civil war, Ahmed Maïtik


ALGIERS, ALGERIA (Catholic Online) - The undermining of a legitimate government in this oil-rich North African nation is dimming the prospects of a better future here. The Libyan Congress, forging a new constitution on which hopes of political stability here is faltering. An all-out conflict between the competing Libyan factions looms high after the controversial election of the businessman Ahmed Maďtik as the new Libyan Prime Minister.

As announced this past weekend by Vice-President of the National General Congress, the declaration of Maďtik as new Libyan Prime Minister seemingly threw gasoline into the fire. The election was declared illegal and declared invalid by parliament.

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The new Prime Minister was reportedly unable to sustain CGN confidence due to the lack of a quorum. Only 113 deputies voted for him during a hectic session, while 120 votes are required for the quorum.

The announcement of Maďtik's appointment as PM made by Saleh al Makhzoun in session was immediately contested by several attendees. Second vice- chairman, Saleh al Makhzoun had nevertheless proclaimed Maďtik as Prime Minister, disregarding the loud protests of several voters, who pointed out that the quorum was not reached.

Maďtik, a 42-year-old businessman is originally from Misrata. He succeeds Abdullah Al-Thani, who was forced to resign after an attack was made against his family. The newly elected leader is the fifth and the youngest head of the Libyan government following the fall of the Khadafi regime in October of 2011.

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