Libyan Prime Minister Zeidan removed from office

The Libyan parliament voted Tuesday to remove Prime Minister Ali Zeidan from office.
By JC Finley Follow @JC_Finley Contact the Author   |   March 11, 2014 at 4:23 PM

Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was voted out of office Tuesday following a parliamentary vote of no-confidence.

The no-confidence vote came amid conflicting accounts of government responsiveness to the rebel seizure and sale of Libyan National Oil Corporation crude oil. The government claimed on Monday it took control of the tanker, Morning Glory, carrying the stolen oil, but the rebels rejected the government's claim.

Zeidan had been politically weakened for months following infighting with Islamists.

One man standing outside the building where the lawmakers voted Tuesday said, "We have nothing personal against Zeidan, but his government has failed the people."

Following the vote, Defense Minister Abdallah al-Thinni was sworn in as interim prime minister until a replacement is named in two weeks' time.


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