Libyan deputy speaker declares election of prime minister invalid

TRIPOLI Sun May 4, 2014 4:16pm EDT

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TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's deputy parliamentary speaker declared the election of Ahmed Maiteeq as new prime minister invalid, according to a letter published on a government website on Sunday.

Maiteeq had failed to obtain the necessary quorum during a parliamentary vote earlier on Sunday, First Deputy Parliamentary Speaker Ezzedin al-Awami said in a letter to the government.

The government of former premier Abdullah al-Thinni, who resigned three weeks ago, would stay in office until a successor is elected legally, he wrote.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing and Feras Bosalum; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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