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Libyan Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur dismissed in no-confidence vote

  • Libya's Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abu Shagur has been dismissed after failing for a second time to secure parliamentary approval for a new cabinet.

    Shagur had called for the formation of an "emergency government", consisting of 10 ministries.

    The General National Congress (GNC) voted 125 to 44 against the proposal while 17 members abstained.

    Shagur was Libya's first elected prime minister following the ousting of Col Muammar Gaddafi last year.

    The GNC now has three to four weeks to elect a new prime minister.

    Shagur studied at the University of Tripoli before moving to the United States, where he obtained a PhD and worked as an academic and optical engineer.

    He returned to Libya in 2011 to become an adviser to the National Transitional Council, which was formed during the revolt that overthrew Gaddafi.

    In September, the national assembly elected him as the country’s next prime minister. In a run-off vote, he narrowly beat Mahmoud Jibril, who served as interim prime minister following the overthrow of the regime.