Libyan premier announces new interim government
Libyan Prime Minister Abdel Rahim al-Keib announced Tuesday the formation of the country's new interim government, which will lead the country in the post-Moamer Gaddafi era, dpa reported.
This interim cabinet will lead the oil-rich country until parliamentary elections are held next year. Polls are expected to be held by the end of June.
The Defence portfolio was given to Osama al-Juwali, head of the military council in Zintan, who led fighters in capturing Gaddafi's son, Saif al-Islam, over the weekend.
Ashour bin Khayyal was appointed as the new foreign minister. Bin Khayyal was Libya's envoy to Canada and South Korea in the 1980s, but is believed to have joined the opposition no later than 1984.
"We have the first step now by forming a government," al-Keib told reporters in Tripoli.
The delay of the announcement from Sunday caused rumours that there were internal disputes among the different groups and tribes over the appointments.
"Libya is full of qualified figures, and the government comes from the different places across Libya," the prime minister added briefly.
In other appointments, Fawzi Abdel Aali was given the interior portfolio. Abdel Aali was a member in the National Transitional Council. He hails from the coastal city of Misurata, which was severely hit during a crackdown by Gaddafi's forces against his opponents this year.
The appointments came just days after the capture of Saif al-Islam Gaddafi and former spy chief Abdullah al-Senussi.