Libya's parliament swore in a new prime minister Sunday despite a disputed vote and walkouts from a largely secular bloc, lawmakers and a Libyan television reported.
Despite the protest from a number of non-Islamist parliamentarians, the interim parliament swore in 42-year-old businessman Ahmed Matiq in a televised session headed by the second deputy of parliament, Saleh al-Makhzoum, and member of the Muslim Brotherhood's Justice and Construction Party.
"I swear I will carry out my duties honestly and in devotion," Matiq told parliament as several seats appeared empty. "Thank you for your confidence."
Al-Makhzoum asked Matiq to form the new government within two weeks or sooner.
"The country can't bear any more delays," al-Makhzoum said. "We need a government to handle the budget."
Initially, only 113 lawmakers voted for Matiq, falling short of the 120 votes necessary to secure his win. After the session was adjourned, Libyan TV station Al-Ahrar reported that voting resumed and Matiq secured eight new votes.
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