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Libya NTC Appoints New Interim Prime Minister.

Summary: Libya's newly elected interim prime minister Abdurrahim El Keeb (left) is congratulated by NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil at the end of the vote in Tripoli

Libya's Transitional National Council. NTC, Monday elected Abdurrahim El Keeb as the country's new transitional prime minister to replace Mahmoud Jibril. He will appoint a new Cabinet that will run the country in coming months and pave the way for general elections and the drafting of a constitution. The new government is to run Libya in the coming months and to pave the way for general elections. NTC spokesman Jalal el-Gallal said that that El Keeb, a university professor, won a majority of votes, 26 out of a total of 51.He said that the NTC wanted to form a new interim government after the overthrow of former leader Muammar Al Qathafi because its initial members started out as an impromptu group. After earlier votes narrowed the field to just two, in the next round, the choice between Mustafa Alrgbany and El Keeb gave the vote to El Kleeb As he had previously said on a number of occasions, Mahmoud Jibril did not run for the post The election between Libya's 52-member National Transitional Council was held at an Islamic college in Tripoli. It had to choose the prime minister from five candidates. In comments after the election, Abdul-Jalil said that l-Keib, an electrical engineer and also an NTC representative from Tripoli, enjoys strong support from within the members of NTC. He added: "It is expected, this man with so much support will be able to overcome some of major obstacles, particularly in appointment and choosing of members for key ministries like oil, defence, finance and interior. *****

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Publication:UMCI News (Potomac Falls, VA)
Geographic Code:6LIBY
Date:Nov 3, 2011
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