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New Libyan Cabinet Sworn In

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Libya's new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq (6th L), President of the General National Congress Nouri Abusahmain (7th L) and other members of the new Libyan government pose for a group photo in Tripoli, May 26, 2014.

Libya's new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq (6th L), President of the General National Congress Nouri Abusahmain (7th L) and other members of the new Libyan government pose for a group photo in Tripoli, May 26, 2014.

Libya's new cabinet was sworn in May 26, a day after Libya's new Prime Minister Ahmed Maiteeq won a vote of confidence from parliament.

Maiteeq, backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, was initially elected two weeks ago after a chaotic parliamentary session that some lawmakers had rejected as illegal.

Earlier, Libya's new premier said his cabinet will focus on fighting militants, securing borders and building up armed forces with foreign help, and made an appeal to hardliners who want his government removed.

Libya's legislature is at the center of a growing standoff between rogue former general, Khalifa Haftar, with a loose alliance of anti-Islamist militias, and pro-Islamist factions positioning for influence in the North African country.

The EU's special envoy on Sunday called the crisis Libya's worst since the 2011 war ousted Moammar Gaddafi, with the fragile government struggling to control brigades of former rebels and militias who are now key powerbrokers.

Lawmakers met on Sunday under heavy security to vote to approve Maiteeq's government, a week after militia forces claiming loyalty to Haftar attacked the congress to demand lawmakers hand over power.
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