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Mixed feelings about PM's sack

Tripoli, Libya - The ouster of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan by the Libyan General National Congress (GNC), amid the scandal involving the illegal sale of the country's oil by militia groups, was generally welcomed by Libyans.

However, many have questioned the timing of the decision, as the country is going through a difficult phase of political transition, highlighted by a deep political crisis.

Libyans were unanimous in recent months in condemning the failure of the government of Ali Zeidan to curb violence that has ravaged the country since the 2011 ouster of Muammar Gaddafi.

The security crisis hit the peak when Mr. Zeidan himself was abducted 10 Oct. 2013 for a few hours by armed groups.

Demonstrations were regularly staged in the country to denounce the ineffectiveness of the government, despite the enormous resources made available to it by the authorities of the oil-rich country.

Libyans have been demanding the restoration of security, as well as better training for the military and the police to enforce the law and ensure order.

For Brahim Sahad, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the GNC, the main reasons for the vote of no confidence against Zeidan's government was its inability to meet its obligations to the citizens.

'Zeidan’s biggest failure was his inability to curb insecurity,' he said.

For his part, Meftah al-Ghoul said Libyan citizens have seen no improvement in their daily lives, despite the huge government budget.

'The incident of North Korean-flagged oil tanker which loaded a shipment of oil in a rebel-held port was the last straw that broke the camel's back, which prompted MPs to vote for the withdrawal of confidence,' he said

Also commenting, MP Amina al-Magharbi said the vote of no confidence in Zeidan’s government did not come as a surprise, given that the issue of no confidence vote against him was discussed at the Congress for several months.

For Sleiman Bayoudi, a political analyst, the withdrawal of confidence was the culmination of a standoff between the government and the Islamist-dominated Congress.

'The Muslim Brotherhood in Libya, a very active party, wants to take power and have worked for months to force Zeidan to step down and the case of the North Korea's oil tanker was used as an excuse to carry out their plan,' he said.

Civil society activist Ahmed Bouzid expressed the belief that Congress only used Zeidan as a scapegoat to divert attention from those who blame the legislative institution and accuses it of failing in its responsibility.

Pana 13/03/2014