The Straits Times
Published on Nov 01, 2012

Libya assembly approves cabinet amid new protests


TRIPOLI (AFP) - Libya's national assembly gave its approval on Wednesday to a cabinet presented by prime minister designate Ali Zeidan weeks after rejecting his predecessor's line-up.

But in a sign of the fragility of the country's transition to democracy a year after the overthrow of veteran dictator Muammar Gaddafi, protests erupted around the assembly building for a second day in a row.

Mr Zeidan, the second premier designate to try to form a government since the assembly was elected in July, had presented a 30-member line-up including both liberals and Islamists.

"The General National Congress gives its confidence to the government of Ali Zeidan," the official Lana news agency reported.