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Libyan PM Mustafa Abu Shagur proposes ‘crisis cabinet’ to assembly

Libyan PM Mustafa Abu Shagur proposes ‘crisis cabinet’ to assembly
Libya’s Prime Minister Mustafa Abu Shagur proposed to the General National Congress on Monday a ‘crisis government’ of just 10 ministers, after the GNC rejected outright his first proposed line up.

‘In face of the dangers threatening the country, I present to you a crisis government restricted to 10 ministers, rejecting all geographical considerations,’ the premier told the 200 members of the country’s national assembly.

Abdessalem Jadallah al-Salihin, a colonel under the toppled regime of Muammar Gaddafi who defected and led the rebellion in the east against the late dictator, was put forward as defence minister.

The premier also proposed police general and lawyer Ashur Shwayel for the interior ministry. The GNC, which late on Thursday rejected Abu Shagur’s first proposed line-up, gave him 72 hours to build consensus and deliver an amended cabinet list. It will now discuss the proposed new cabinet, but if the new list is rejected, Abu Shagur will be relieved of his duties and the GNC will have to elect a new prime minister within the next three to four weeks.

The premier said that in putting forward his new cabinet he was not taking either geographical or political considerations into account, and criticised blocs within the assembly for rejecting his original list of choices. The NFA of wartime premier Mahmud Jibril was left off the original cabinet list after failed negotiations, and the two blocs are reported to have agreed to form a unity government.  
AFP

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