8 candidates vying to become Libya's new PM
TRIPOLI (AFP) - Eight candidates are to contest a Sept 12 election among members of the General National Congress to become Libya's new prime minister, an official source said on Thursday.
Among them are Mahmud Jibril, who led a transitional council during last year's revolution which toppled Muammar Gaddafi and now heads the liberal National Forces Alliance, and Electricity Minister Awadh al-Barassi, an Islamist.
The vote for the new premier will be held among the 200 members of the country's national assembly that was itself elected in early July.
Current vice-premier Mustafa Abu Shagur, considered close to the Islamists, is also a candidate to succeed the transitional prime minister, Abdel Rahim al-Kib, the Integrity and Patriotism Commission added.