By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 9 January 2014:
The General National Congress (GNC) may hold an extraordinary sitting today to discuss a vote of . . .[restrict]no-confidence in Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, according to GNC Spokesman Omar Hemidan.
While such a session was unlikely, Hemidan said, meetings between different GNC groups continued yesterday as Congress discussed withdrawing support from Zeidan behind closed doors.
“There is a ten percent possibility that there will be an extra sitting today, as meetings amongst the independents and political blocs are still underway,” Hemidan told the Libya Herald. It was more likely that Congress would make a decision by Sunday and a discussion would be held then, he said. Hemidan added that most members of Congress were today returning to their constituencies for the weekend.
A vote of no-confidence in Zeidan was expected on Tuesday but the session was cancelled. Later that day around 100 people staged a protest outside the GNC demanding Zeidan’s removal.
A Benghazi Congressman, who did not wish to be named, told the Libya Herald that, on Tuesday, there was agreement among sufficient Congress members to pass a vote of no-confidence against Zeidan.
He added, however, that it was agreed that this should only be done when a suitable replacement was found. Congress, he said, knew it had to avoid the chaos that could result in the absence of a prime minister. [/restrict]