[QODLink]
Africa
Libya's PM-elect unveils cabinet line-up
Mustafa Abushagur nominates more than 20 ministers but sidelines politicians from country's leading liberal coalition.
Last Modified: 04 Oct 2012 00:32
Many of the names Mustafa Abushagur submitted are unknown and there is only one woman in the cabinet [EPA]

Libya's Prime Minister-elect has nominated his cabinet for approval by the national congress, presenting a line-up that excludes the country's leading liberal coalition.

In a televised session on Wednesday, Mustafa Abushagur presented more than 20 government ministers, but said the post of foreign minister had yet to be filled and that he would act in that capacity for now.

The line-up is said to include several members of the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Abushagur, elected prime minister by the congress on September 12, did not nominate candidates from the National Forces Alliance (NFA), said Ibrahim al-Gharyani, head of the liberal coalition in congress.

Abushagur has said he wants to build a coalition government with a "geographical balance" in a country where regional rivalries are still rife.

His transitional government will take over from an interim administration in which he was deputy prime minister and which was appointed in November, following last year's overthrow of longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi.

The congress will vote on the list name by name on Thursday and the appointees could still change. A spokesman said Abushagur could propose alternatives until Sunday if any choices are rejected.

Many of the names submitted are unknown and there is only one woman in the cabinet, who will hold the proposed social affairs portfolio.

Abushagur nominated Mabrouk Issa Abu Harroura, known to have worked for Libya's Zueitina Oil Company as well as in the oil sector abroad, as the new oil minister. Many industry officials had expected interim Oil Minister Abdulrahman Ben Yazza to stay in the job.

He also picked three deputy prime ministers - one from the western mountain town of Zintan, one from the south and the third from the east - in a move which could be seen to placate regional rivalries.

More details requested

Omar al-Aswad was nominated interior minister while Abdelsalam Jadallah al-Obeidi will be considered for the post of defence minister.

A former military officer from Benghazi, Obeidi defected early in last year's uprising against Gaddafi, who was killed in the rebellion that toppled his regime.

As finance minister, Abushagur named Abdallah Shamia, a former prisoner under Gaddafi when he was part of the then-underground Muslim Brotherhood movement in Libya. Shamia has taught economics at Benghazi university.

The NFA, led by wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril, has 39 out of the 80 party seats in the 200-member assembly. The remaining 120 seats are in the hands of independents.

Hamuda Siala, spokesman for the NFA, said the coalition, which had called for nine ministries and the inclusion of its programme in the next government, would still support Abushagur's cabinet "as long as it aims to serve Libya's national interest, improve security and boost development".

Faisal al-Krekshi, previously NFA secretary-general, was nominated as health minister. Abushagur has kept several ministers from the interim administration, including Suleiman al-Sahli, the education minister.

Congress member Ahmed Mohammed Buni said some congress members were calling for more details about the candidates as so many were unknown.

"Abushagur said he would use standards of integrity, transparency when he presented his government line-up, but we haven't seen their CVs yet," he said.

As government chief, Abushagur will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya's oil-based economy while the national congress elected in July passes laws and helps draft a new constitution for the North African state. It will be put to a national referendum next year. 

569

Source:
Agencies
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Israel's Operation Protective Edge is the third major offensive on the Gaza Strip in six years.
Muslims and Arabs in the US say they face discrimination in many areas of life, 13 years after the 9/11 attacks.
At one UN site alone, approximately four children below the age of five are dying each day.
Featured
A handful of agencies that provide tours to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea say business is growing.
A political power struggle masquerading as religious strife grips Nigeria - with mixed-faith couples paying the price.
The current surge in undocumented child migrants from Central America has galvanized US anti-immigration groups.
Absenteeism among doctors at government hospitals is rife, prompting innovative efforts to ensure they turn up for work.
Marginalised and jobless, desperate young men in Nairobi slums provide fertile ground for al-Shabab.
join our mailing list