TRIPOLI, Libya — 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 Zidan, Libya's first democratically chosen leader who had struggled for 15 months to stem the country's spiraling descent into chaos.
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013 file photo, Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan speaks to the media during a press conference in Rabat, Morocco. Libya's parliament ousted the prime minister in a Tuesday, March 11, 2014 vote of confidence, a move prompted by a crisis this week when a militia controlling an eastern port defied Tripoli's authority by trying to sell oil. The chamber named the defense minister as an interim prime minister until a replacement for Ali Zidan is found. The vote of confidence followed the standoff between the central government in Tripoli and powerful militias in the eastern region of the North African nation. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar, File)
But in nearby Malta, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat told state-owned television that Zidan had made a brief stop-over on the Mediterranean island late on Tuesday, before traveling on.
The Western-backed Zidan 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 Zidan from travel pending an investigation into corruption allegations.
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