Libya parliament ousts Prime Minister Ali Zeidan

AFP , Tuesday 11 Mar 2014

Libya's parliament has ousted the nation's prime minister in a vote of confidence

Ali Ziedan
Ali Ziedan

The chamber also named on Tuesday the defense minister as an interim prime minister until a replacement for Ali Zidan is found.

The vote of confidence followed a standoff between the central government in Tripoli and powerful militias in the eastern region of the North African nation over oil sales.

A militia holding the key eastern port of al-Sidra sparked a three-day crisis when it attempted to load oil into a North Korean-flagged tanker that docked there without government permission.

The government said Monday that its forces had taken control of the tanker, but the militia denied this.

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