By Libya Herald staff.
Tripoli, 7 June 2014:
Caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni reaffirmed his commitment to implementing the judgment of the court . . .[restrict]currently adjudicating into the legality of his designated successor Ahmed Maetig to the post of Prime Minister.
In a statement posted yesterday on the Interim Government’s official website and Facebook page, both of which incidentally seem to still be under the control of Caretaker Prime Minister Thinni, Thinni denied emphatically that any official handovers had taken place.
Thinni was reacting to claims by Maetig on Wednesday and Thursday that a number of Ministries, including the Justice Ministry had already officially handed over to his newly elected government.
The Thinni statement went on to say that all that has happened is that the sitting caretaker government had started preparations for a hand over upon the pronouncement of the court.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court failed to come up with a final decision on the matter of who is Libya’s legal Prime Minister, postponing its final ruling until Monday 9 June.
It will be recalled that on 4 June, in a second General National Congress (GNC) session presided over by Second Deputy President Saleh Al-Makhzoum, Maetig was elected by 121 votes. In the first session, presided over by First Deputy President Ezziddin Al-Awami, he gained 113 votes, a majority but seven short of the 120 needed to be appointed. Awami then said that Makhzoum’s session was illegal.
However, President of Congress Nuri Abu Sahmain validated the second session and its vote.
The Ministry of Justice then asked the Supreme Court to rule on the issue. [/restrict]