Libya Parliament Ousts New PM

Mustafa Abu Shagur will stand down after failing to put together a Cabinet

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 7, 2012 1:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Libya's parliament has passed a no-confidence vote in the newly-elected prime minister, removing him from his post. Mustafa Abu Shagur had until today to form a Cabinet or risk losing his job, but his initial list of ministers was criticized for not being diverse enough. Abushagur was Libya's first elected prime minister after last year's overthrow of dictator Moammar Gadhafi. The General National Congress voted 125 versus 44 in favor of removing him as prime minister; that body now has three to four weeks to elect a replacement for Abu Shagur, notes the BBC.

Mustafa Abu Shagur was Libya's first democratically elected premier since the overthrow last year of Moammar Gadhafi.
Mustafa Abu Shagur was Libya's first democratically elected premier since the overthrow last year of Moammar Gadhafi.   (©)
The flag of Libya's National Transitional Council flutters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.
The flag of Libya's National Transitional Council flutters, Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2011.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
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