The Straits Times
Published on Oct 07, 2012

Libya PM names new cabinet after protests over original


TRIPOLI (REUTERS) - Libya's prime minister on Sunday named a new government with 10 ministries including defence, interior and justice.

Mustafa Abu Shagur nominated his cabinet for approval by the national congress, presenting a second line-up after protests forced him to withdraw his original list for the government.

"I was going to form a national unity government, not based on quotas, but then there was pressure on me, people wanted ministers from their regions," he told parliament. "Because the country is facing challenges, I present a mini crisis Cabinet in order to solve problems."

If the list is rejected again by the General National Congress, Mr Abu Shagur will be relieved of his duties and the congress will have to elect a new prime minister within the next three to four weeks, reported Agence France-Presse.