Libya turmoil deepens as Islamists name rival PM

August 26, 2014 7:07 AM

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TRIPOLI: Libya’s Islamist-dominated General National Congress on Monday threw down the gauntlet to the interim government of the near-lawless North African state by naming a prime minister-designate to form a rival administration.

The GNC, officially replaced earlier this month by a freshly-elected parliament, selected pro-Islamist Omar al-Hassi to form a “salvation government”, a spokesman said.” The GNC dismissed (interim premier) Abdullah al-Thani as head of government and gave Omar al-Hassi a week to form a salvation gove...

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