By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 25 May 2014:
The General National Congress (GNC) tonight approved the cabinet of Prime Minister Ahmed Maetig in . . .[restrict]a last-minute vote to secure a new government.
Congress approved the cabinet after 83 of the 95 members present voted in favour. Many of those who attended waited hours for enough members to turn up for the session to hold a valid vote.
The new cabinet of 23 Ministers has reportedly left four posts empty – those of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defence, Health and Planning.
The vote will inevitably be controversial. In a telephone interview with a television channel First Deputy President of the GNC, Ezzidden Al-Awami, who questioned the validity of Maetig’s election earlier this month, said that the move could spell disaster for Libya.
Maetig’s government is expected to last for a period of one month following today’s vote.
The GNC today again postponed approving the 2014 budget. [/restrict]