House of Representatives rejects GNA’s cabinet

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Tobruk-based House of Representatives voted on Monday against a motion of confidence in the Tripoli-based administration, in a rare session of the parliament based in the east of the country.

Spokesman of the HoR, Abdallah Bilhig, said 101 members were attending Monday’s session, with 61 voting against the GNA, 39 abstaining, and just one voting in favor.

The vote is a fresh blow for the Government of National Accord (GNA), which has been seeking the parliament’s endorsement for months as it tries to extend its influence and authority beyond its base in the capital.

The vote was the first with full legal quorum since January, when the parliament rejected an initial list of ministers put forward by the GNA’s leadership, and the first since the GNA began installing itself in Tripoli in March.

Parliamentary sessions in the city of Tobruk have been repeatedly delayed or blocked as opposition to the GNA in eastern Libya has hardened.

GNA supporters, many of whom did not attend Monday’s meeting, had previously complained that opponents used physical force and threats to prevent votes from taking place.

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