Libya’s Prime Minister-elect has failed for a second time to get his cabinet approved by the new General National Congress.
Mustafa Abu Shagur has been sacked after his plan to install a six-month long “crisis cabinet” made up of 10 ministers was defeated.
His original proposal for 29 ministries was
withdrawn on Thursday after protests from politicians and the public.
Assembly representatives lambasted his choices, describing candidates as either incompetent, untested or remnants from the previous transitional government.
There has been deep concern that the south and oil-rich east of Libya, marginalised under dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s rule, would remain under-represented in the new government.
Abu Shagur, a technocrat, narrowly won his post in September against Mahmoud Jibril, who was interim prime minister following the fall of Gaddafi.
The national congress, which was formed just three months ago, has three to four weeks to name a new leader.