The Straits Times
Published on Oct 15, 2012

Ali Zeidan, ex-Gaddafi opponent, elected Libya PM


TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libya's General National Congress (GNC) elected Mr Ali Zeidan, a long-time opponent of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as prime minister on Sunday, the assembly's chief said.

"Ali Zeidan is elected prime minister and is asked to propose a cabinet within two weeks," Mr Mohammed Megaryef, president of the national assembly, said in remarks broadcast on television.

Benefitting from the backing of the liberal coalition in the 200-seat assembly, Mr Zeidan won 93 of the votes cast, trumping the 85 garnered by the only other candidate, local government minister Mohammed al-Hrari.

The GNC must approve the government team proposed by Mr Zeidan in order for him to assume office. If his cabinet is accepted, Mr Zeidan will take over from Abdel Rahim al-Kib, who has held the post since November 2011.