Western-backed Libyan PM removed
TRIPOLI — Libya's parliament ousted Western-backed prime minister Ali Zidan in a vote on Tuesday, removing the first democratically chosen leader, who had struggled for 15 months to stem the country's spiraling descent into chaos, with divisive political power struggles and rampant militias out of the control of the weak central government.
The government has been paralyzed for months by the power struggle between Islamists in parliament trying to remove Zidan and anti-Islamist political factions — each side backed by rival militias. Zidan's removal occurred as another fault line in the country was rumbling — between the central government and the restive eastern half of the country, where many are demanding greater autonomy, with each side again backed by their own militias.
A powerful militia from the western city of Misrata clashed with a rival eastern militia outside the central city of Sirte in heavy fighting, on a drive to take control of the oil terminal of al-Sidra, farther east along the coast.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
- Civilian officers slain by gunmen in southern Mexico
- Watchdog counts $1 billion wasted in Afghanistan
- Suicide bomber targets crowd of Shiites in Nigeria
- France hails 130 victims of Paris terrorist attacks
- Russia scoffs at alliance with West on Syria
- In Uganda, Pope Francis pays tribute to nation’s martyrs
- Pakistani doctor who led CIA to bin Laden stuck in prison
- Paris nurse recalls realization that he was giving CPR to suicide bomber
- Mali attackers struck luxury Radisson Blu hotel during security switch
- Mali TV shows photos of “authors” of Radisson Blu hotel attack
- Settlement spat surfaces as Kerry visits Jerusalem