Libya's outgoing prime minister to hand over power soon
Abdullah al-Thinni originally declined to recognize Miitig's administration. (AFP/File)
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Libya's outgoing Premier Abdullah al-Thinni has said he will give power to the new premier soon.
On Tuesday, Thinni expressed his readiness to hand over power to incoming Prime Minister Ahmed Miitig in "a week or two."
Speaking at a news conference, Thinni stated that he had "no dispute with Miitig's government."
"Thinni, however, emphasized that his government was "still responsible for the daily management of the state."
He had previously declined to officially recognize the Miitig administration.
In a statement released on Monday, Miitig said his cabinet had held a meeting earlier in the day for the first time since his election in May.
Miitig’s spokesman noted that the new premier had "no difficulties" in entering the parliamentary building.
"There was no opposition from the security services deployed in front of the building."
Miitig is Libya's fifth prime minister since the fall of former dictator Muammar Gaddafi in a 2011 revolution.
He is slated to head a transitional government until the legislative elections due to be held on June 25. The new parliament will replace the General National Congress and form another cabinet.
The parliament elected the 42-year-old businessman as the North African country’s new premier on May 5.
On May 25, Miitig’s cabinet also won the vote of confidence in the General National Congress.
Miitig and his cabinet took oath before the Libyan parliament speaker, Nuri Abu Sahmain, on May 26.
Meanwhile, objection is made to the election of the new prime minister, especially from forces loyal to retired General Khalifa Haftar.
Haftar launched a military offensive in the country’s east on May 16, saying that he wants to crush the militants and establish stability in Libya.
Nearly three years after the fall of Gaddafi, Libya is still grappling with rising insecurity as the country has been witnessing numerous clashes between government forces and rival militia groups.
The former rebels refuse to lay down arms despite efforts by the central government to impose law and order.