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Libya’s Jibril to Resign Tomorrow After Liberation Is Declared

Posted by vmsalama on October 22, 2011

My colleagues and I interviewed Mahmoud Jibril in Jordan just two days after the death of Muammar Qaddafi. He had some very interesting things to say about the manner in which Qaddafi was killed, saying that there was no evidence of foul play nor was it excessively brutal. He also appeared quite frustrated with a delay in the transition of his post, saying that he submitted his resignation almost two months before our interview but it was delayed for several reasons. He emphasized his wish to see governance of Libya in the hands of the country’s youth. Here’s hoping, Dr. Jibril…

October 22, 2011

By Vivian Salama and Lara Setrakian

(Bloomberg) — Libya’s acting prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, said he will resign tomorrow after the liberation of the North African country is declared following the death of Muammar Qaddafi.

The interim National Transitional Council “should keep running until a new government is formed,” he said in an interview today at the World Economic Forum in Jordan. “We cannot leave a vacuum.” Jibril said he had asked the acting minister of oil and finance, Ali Tarhouni, to run affairs until a new government is formed.

The NTC has been attempting to persuade as many as 50 foreign companies to return in the past two months and many had refused due to security concerns, Jibril said. Earlier at the forum, he told delegates that Libya has used up about 62 percent of its oil reserves and urgently needs to find alternative sources of income to rebuild its war-torn economy.

“We need a clear vision, the core of which is to replace oil with another source of national income,” he said at the meeting at the Dead Sea. “Our oil is depleting fast.” (click here to read more…)


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