By Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 28 May 2014:
Caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has vowed to remain in post, saying irregularities in the election . . .[restrict]of Ahmed Maetig had made it impossible for him to leave.
Speaking at a press conference in Tripoli this evening Thinni said he had been advised by the Ministry of Justice, which he said had considered the case independently, that Maetig’s election was illegal.
Following Maetig’s election, Thinni said he had been presented with two letters from the General National Congress (GNC), one from GNC President Nuri Abu Sahmain asking him to resign, and another from the GNC first Deputy Ezzedine Al-Awami asking him to stay on.
The Caretaker Prime Minister told reporters that, given the ambiguity, he had passed the matter on to the Ministry of Justice which had responded with its verdict two days ago.
Thinni said he held Maetig in the highest regard and that the current government had begun the process of transferring power to him, in the event that the Justice Ministry found in his favour. He said, however, that the manner of Maetig’s election had led to a crisis in the country.
Spokesman for the Prime Ministry, Ahmed Al-Amin, told the Libya Herald that Thinni’s appeal to the Justice Ministry had been supported by a number of Congress members. [/restrict]