Islamist Party Quits Libya’s Government

ali zeidanLibya’s Justice and Construction Party, the second largest party in the interim administration, has announced it is quitting the government.

The Islamist party said its five ministers would resign after it failed to win sufficient support for a motion to censure Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.

Those affected include the ministers for oil, the economy and housing.

The Justice and Construction Party is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood in Libya.

The party has been trying for weeks to secure the 120 votes it needed to bring a vote of no confidence against Mr Zeidan and his cabinet.

But it was only able to secure the signatures of 99 MPs.

The party has accused Mr Zeidan of being “incapable of taking the country where it needs to go”, according to the news agency AFP.

The prime minister’s office is expected to make a statement shortly.

Libya’s interim administration had representatives from the two most prominent blocs in Congress – the Alliance of National Forces led by former Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril, and the Justice and Construction Party.

When he initially chose his cabinet, Mr Zeidan said he tried to strike a balance between Libya’s different regions.-BBC

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