Libya’s ruling council to meet on new cabinet
TRIPOLI: Libya’s interim ruling council is still trying to work out the makeup of a new government after deciding to remove the incumbent one just five months after it took office, members say.
The council has failed even to come up with an official announcement over the decision earlier this week to oust the Cabinet. The council’s spokesman, Mohammed al-Hareizi, denied that the NTC had sacked the government, while other members said the decision has been made but it is pending an agreement on replacing the Cabinet.
The conflicting messages indicate confusion in Libya’s decision-making and power struggles among different groups ahead of the country’s first national elections, a major landmark in the transition after the fall last year of longtime leader Moammar Gadhafi. The election is to choose a 200-member assembly tasked with forming a new government and write a new constitution.Both the NTC and el-Keib’s government have faced persistent criticism that they have been ineffective in tackling the multiple troubles facing the deeply divided nation — and the two sides have traded accusations over who is to blame. ap