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Libya's ruling council fires Cabinet in just five months

world Updated: Apr 27, 2012 23:48 IST
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Libya's interim ruling council has fired the nation's Cabinet just five months after it took office, citing incompetence, two senior officials have said, just two months before the country's first national election.

National Transitional Council official Fathi Baja said that 65 of the NTC's 72 members approved a no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib in a meeting Wednesday.

It's the latest blow to Libya, struggling to reorganise after the overthrow of longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

The move throws into question Libya's ability to hold the election in June, where Libyans are supposed to elect a 200-member assembly to form a government and prepare for writing the country's constitution.

During his term, el-Keib and the NTC exchanged angry accusations over who was responsible for the failure to integrate revolutionaries into government forces, form a national army and disarm militias, as well as the alleged waste of billions of dollars on treating wounded Libyan fighters abroad.