Maiteg Steps Down After Libyan Court Ruling on Contested PM Vote

Ahmed Maiteg said he’ll comply with a ruling by Libya’s top court that his election as prime minister was unconstitutional.

“I respect the Supreme Court and its verdict,” he said in a news conference in Tripoli. “This shows how much we want the implement the rule of law.”

The Libya Supreme Constitutional Court said several violations of the national charter were recorded during the vote, and evidence will soon be made public. Lawmakers will convene tomorrow to discuss today’s ruling. Elections are due 25 June to replace the interim GNC.

Libya has been mired in unrest in the three years since the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi, with the chaos halting the recovery of crude output and the country divided into virtual fiefdoms controlled by armed groups with competing interests.

Maiteg, a businessman from the western city of Misrata who is supported by pro-Islamist political parties and militias, was elected last month following the resignation of Abdullah al-Thinni after an attack on his home.

Al-Thinni then challenged the vote and vowed to remain in the post until a ruling by the North African nation’s top court.

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