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Former Libyan PM in Malta for brief stop; meets Muscat

Malta Independent Wednesday, 12 March 2014, 08:27 Last update: about 6 years ago

Former Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was in Malta for some time last night, on his way to another European country following a vote of confidence he lost in the Libyan congress.

He did not seek asylum in Malta, government sources told The Malta Independent.

Zeidan left Malta at about 10pm on another jet to a destination that the government did not disclose, although other sources said it was Germany. 

The jet on which the former Libyan PM travelled from Libya to Malta returned to Libya Wednesday morning.

On the national TV station, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat confirmed that Zeidan was in Malta before he proceeded to another European country and the two met briefly. 

Dr Muscat did not say where the Libyan PM was headed and the meeting between the two was more of a sign of personal friendship.

The PM said that Malta is following closely what is happening in Libya.

Contacted by The Malta Independent, the Libyan Embassy said that it "knew nothing".

The Associated Press reported that Libya's ousted prime minister has left the country despite a ban on travel, hours after parliament removed him from office in a no-confidence vote.

Officials in Tripoli on Wednesday could not confirm the departure of Ali Zeidan, Libya's first democratically chosen leader who had struggled for 15 months to stem the country's spiraling descent into chaos.

But Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television that Zeidan had made a brief stop-over on the Mediterranean island late on Tuesday, before travelling on.

The Western-backed Zeidan was ousted in a parliament vote on Tuesday as Libya faces a series of crises, including an escalation over oil ports seized by an eastern militia.

Soon after parliament voted, Libya's general prosecutor banned Zeidan from travel pending an investigation into corruption allegations.

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