Libya's interim cabinet delayed further due to disagreements
The announcement of Libya's interim government will be delayed further due to disagreements among the rebels over the candidates, the head of the Transitional National Council said Saturday, dpa reported.
"Everyone wants a part in this government. Some tribes and cities believe they have more rights to portfolios than others because of their struggle and fighting," Mustafa Abdul Jalil told reporters in the eastern city of Benghazi.
"This is a crisis to be managed by efficient people, regardless where they come from," he said, adding that members of the council would hold some positions in the government.
However, he denied any separation of powers between the rebels.
Interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril was tasked with forming the government, but the announcement of the cabinet had already been delayed by a week.
Abdul Jalil also said the council believed that "some portfolios are unnecessary at this point."
The rebel leader also said that half a billion dollars had been allocated to compensate the families of those who died during the fight against fugitive leader Moamer Gaddafi, and to treat the injured.
Those wounded are to receive medical treatment at hospitals in both Jordan and Italy.
Abdul Jalil said that efforts and resources of Libya would "go to liberating Libya first," followed by reconstruction for the housing sector and maintaining security in the country.
He announced that rebels near the desert cities of Sabha and Wadan, south of Tripoli, had found weapons thought to be subject to international bans. They would seek help from local and international experts to get rid of these weapons in an appropriate way, the rebel leader added.
The council also called Saturday for Tunisia to hand over Libya's former prime minister, Baghdadi al-Mahmoudi, who was arrested and jailed by Tunisian authorities days ago.
"The new authorities in Libya want al-Mahmoudi be handed over to face fair trial for what he committed against the Libyans," the council's deputy chairman Abdel Hafiz Ghoga told the pro-rebel Free Libya TV.
He did not say if the rebel council had formally requested Mahmoudi's extradition.
On Thursday, a Tunisian court sentenced Mahmoudi to six months in prison for illegally entering the country.
Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Gaddafi from March until the rebels captured the capital Tripoli in late August.
Gaddafi's whereabouts have been unknown since last month, yet his daughter Aisha said Saturday that her father was "in high spirits."
"The new leaders of Libya are traitors," she said in a message broadcast on Damascus-based Al Rai Television - the first message since fleeing to Algeria with her mother and two of her brothers in late August.