By Moutaz Ali.
Tripoli, 26 May, 2014.
Caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has been told by the General National Congress (GNC) First Deputy Ezzidden Al-Awami to remain in office.
In a letter published on the Prime Ministry’s website this afternoon, Awami instructed Thinni to continue as prime minister until the GNC appointed a new premier in a legal and proper way, or until the new parliament chose one after its election, scheduled for the end of June.
The move came after Awami received notification from the Justice Ministry’s legal office which confirmed that, after an investigation, Maetig’s election on 4 May was invalid.
The spokesman for Thinni’s government, Ahmed Lamin, told the Libya Herald that the request was being given careful consideration.
Meanwhile, this morning Thinni’s media office said that, with apologies to Maetig, he would have to turn down the offer of Defence Minister in the new cabinet.
This ministerial position, along with those of Health, Foreign Affairs and Planning, remain empty in the government approved at yesterday’s GNC session. [/restrict]