Libyan prime minister presents Cabinet

Oct. 30, 2012 at 10:53 AM
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TRIPOLI, Libya, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan said his prospective Cabinet, presented to lawmakers Tuesday, represents a coalition government and includes two women.

Zidan delivered his list of nominees for Cabinet positions to the General National Congress. A "coalition government" was presented that includes two women and nominates Libyan Ambassador to the United States Ali Aujali as the next foreign minister, the Tripoli Post reports.

Zidan said no region of the country received special consideration over the other in his list of 27 ministers. Zidan was named the country's prime minister early this month. He had resigned from the national assembly to run for the position, after serving as a rights lawyer prior to his appointment to the congress.

Prime Minister-elect Mustafa Abushagur was dismissed after failing twice to win approval for a new administration. He had said he wanted a "crisis government" to lead the country given lingering security concerns.

The BBC had reported that leaders from former rebel strongholds like Misurata and Benghazi wanted more representation in Abushagur's government.

The 200-member General National Congress must now deliberate over the new government. No timeline was announced for the decision.

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