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Libyan cabinet denies resignation, requests power

Libyan and Arab TV stations reported that the cabinet had resigned earlier on Tuesday

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Libya’s cabinet requested more power and a longer mandate in a letter sent to the parliament and denied reports that it had resigned, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

“The government is working normally but there was a letter sent to the General National Congress saying the government needs more authority to work,” the spokesman said, according to Reuters.

Television stations in Libya and across the Arab world reported that the cabinet had resigned earlier on Tuesday.

The Libyan parliament had given the new cabinet, headed by Prime Minister Abdullah al-Thinni, a temporary mandate which must be renewed every two weeks.

(Developing story)