Libya to form interim government in 7-10 days

Updated On: Sep 21, 2011

Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril expects to announce an interim government within the next seven to ten days, he has said.

He emphasised that while he was not rushing to form a government, "Most of the work has been done. It is a question of the number of ministries and the location of the ministries." Jibril said that most of the ministries would be in Tripoli but some may be in Benghazi in the east of the country, where the transitional council has been based.

Although former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi has been effectively ousted from power, pockets of resistance remain in the country.

Jibril said that new institutions to encourage better oil governance will be set up.

"With this (new) government comes other structures such as an international tendering body to add some sort of transparency and some credibility to the work of the government," he said.

Report: Interim Libya PM expects new government in 7-10 days (Reuters, 20 September 2011)

Report: Libyan government to be named in days: interim PM  (AFP, 21 September 2011)

On Monday, National Transitional Council chairman Mustafa Abdul-Jalil took the floor for the first time at the United Nations. The General Assembly voted Friday to transfer Libya's seat from Gadhafi to the former rebel movement.

"I want to assure everyone that Libya will be a vital state, a vibrant state that upholds the principles of peace and security in the region, a state that respects human rights, and establishes a nation in which Libyans can government themselves and seek official position through elections," Abdul-Jalil told several hundred ministers and diplomats.

Abdul Jalil took the opportunity to thank the international community for its help and described the raising of the new Libyan flag in front of the United Nations' headquarters as a "historic day."

Other leaders pledged their support for the new government, with French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe saying "We have got to help the countries that are now free," after the meeting.

Egypt's Foreign Minister Mohammed Kamel Amr called for international cooperation saying, "an extraordinary and exceptional moment needs extraordinary and exceptional ways to deal with it."

Report: Council head vows new Libya will work for peace  (AP, 21 September 2011)