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Libyan parliament backs no confidence vote in government

Published 22/08/2016

The move is a blow to international efforts for political calm in Libya
The move is a blow to international efforts for political calm in Libya

The Libyan parliament has approved a no confidence motion in the country's UN-backed government.

The development is a major blow to international efforts to resolve the crisis in the deeply divided North African country.

Parliament spokesman Abdullah Ablahig said 101 politicians were present on Monday, enough to reach quorum for the vote. He said 61 supported it, 39 abstained and one member voted to support the government.

It is unclear what happens next. Some politicians claim the vote should automatically dissolve the government set up under a UN deal, while its supporters dispute such a move.

Libya's parliament is seated in the eastern city of Tobruk, while the government is based in the capital Tripoli.

Libya has been mired in conflict since the 2011 downfall of dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

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