30 October 2012

Libya: New Libya PM Presents Coalition Government to Congress

Photo: Iason Foounten
Libyan demonstrators (file photo).

Tripoli — Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan presented his government line-up to the national congress for approval on Tuesday, saying he had formed a "coalition government" which included representatives from the country's two major political parties.

In a televised session of congress, Zidan said he had nominated Ali Aujali, Libya's ambassador to the United States, to be foreign minister, and Abdelbari al-Arusi to be oil minister.

He told the National General Congress that he tried to strike a geographic balance between different regions and cities, in order to avoid "past mistakes or provoke the street."

Zeidan said the liberal National Forces Alliance and the Muslim Brotherhood's political wing, the Justice and Construction Party, the two biggest parties in congress, were both represented in the putative government.

The proposed 27-member Cabinet is now awaiting parliamentary approval, and faces a vote of confidence later in the day.

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