New Libyan parliament elects president

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Tripoli, Aug 5 (IANS) The new Libyan parliament has elected Akila Saleh Issa as its president during its session in the eastern city of Tobruk. In a heavily guarded hotel, Issa was chosen as the president of Libya’s House of Representatives Monday, after getting 77 out of the 158 votes, Xinhua reported. Issa, an independent lawmaker from the eastern town of al-Qobba had also played some judicial roles under late dictator Muammar Gaddafi. According to Libya’s transitional plan, the new parliament, House of Representatives, has replaced the former interim General National Congress and a presidential election will ensue to end the country’s transitional phase.


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