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Libyans react to ouster of former PM Zeidan

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 01:34

March 12 - Libya's parliament dismissed the prime minister after an oil tanker escape from a rebel-held port challenged the nation's fragile unity. Leigh Paterson reports.

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After being thrown out of office following a tumultuous first year, Libya's former prime minister Ali Zeidan, shown here in file video, has fled to Europe. For some Libyans, this is good news. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ALI TURKY, LIBYAN CITIZEN, SAYING: "The dismissal was a good thing because the goals set by [Zeidan's] ministry were not achieved." (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) ABDULLAH MASLATY, LIBYAN CITIZEN, SAYING: "I support the dismissal because Zeidan is a bad man, and he did nothing for the country." The prime minister's ouster followed an episode in which an oil tanker made a dramatic escape from a rebel-held port. Zeidan had threatened to bomb the North Korean tanker if it tried to leave, but it reached international waters. Many Libyans say the incident undermined Zeidan's credibility. Political analyst Salah Elbakoush says the situation could have been avoided. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SALAH ELBAKOUSH, POLITICAL ANALYST, SAYING: "The dismissal of Prime Minister Zeidan, in my opinion, came too late. This was supposed to have happened months ago. It would have saved Libya many troubles." Libya's Defence Minister was sworn-in as acting Prime Minister on Tuesday, but whomever is ultimately chosen will be leading a country deeply divided along regional and political lines.

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Libyans react to ouster of former PM Zeidan

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 01:34