Powerful Libyan militias resent Prime Minister Zeidan as a symbol of a government that would rein them in – if it could.
Libya's congress tossed out the prime minister-elect yesterday, casting uncertainty over the country's progress as it gains stability and nears pre-war levels of oil output.
The fledgling Libyan government has been struggling to get armed militias and violent religious hardliners under control for months, but has largely failed.
Rioting broke out in Tunisia earlier this month after rumors that a local art exhibit insulted Islam. But most of the protesters were not ultra-religious – just young, poor, and angry.