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Libya: New interim government to be announced in two weeks | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat- The first interim government after the fall of Dictator Muammar Gaddafi’s regime will be announced within two weeks, according to Prime Minister-designate of the transitional government in Libya, Abdel Rahim al-Kib.

Al-Kib told Asharq Al-Awsat in an exclusive telephone interview from Tripoli that he is currently focusing on recruiting candidates for ministerial positions in the expected government. Al-Kib said that he has received a large number of CV’s and will choose the most suitable and most qualified candidates to participate in his government.

Al-Kib told Asharq Al-Awsat: “We have a large number of brethren as candidates to enter the government. Now we are gathering these CV’s, and we have a work team to classify them before we start to select those we think that they will satisfy our criteria of qualification and patriotism to participate in the new government.”

Al-Kib revealed that he still is in the consultations stage of forming his government, but stressed that it will have to undertake the responsibility of restoring life to normal in Libya after its liberation, the toppling of Gaddafi’s regime.

Al-Kib rejected statements by Mikhail Margelov, Russian president’s envoy to Africa, in which he considered the new Libyan Government as not representing all of Libya’s political powers, a fact that would make its future extremely fragile.

In an address at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, Margelov said that the process of forming a new government in Libya is not always easy, as there are competing groups within what is called the “Libyan opposition.” Margelov points out that the latest news reports from Libya call for worry, as some of the armed groups do not recognize the legitimacy of the new prime minister.

The Russian envoy, who intends to visit Libya before the end of the year to conduct talks with the officials in Tripoli, said: “The future of the Libyan Government is very fragile, and it seems that the National Transitional Council [NTC] is distributing the ministerial portfolios to individuals from Benghazi and Tripoli, who participated in the struggle against the Gaddafi regime, while marginalizing the other powers on the multi-faceted Libyan political arena.”

However, in a rebuttal Al-Kib pointed out to Asharq Al-Awsat that Margelov is talking about a government that actually does not exist, adding that, “We are practicing democracy, and there has to be give-and-take in the democratic dialog. The situation is all right with regard to the formation of the government. We are taking our time to study all the candidates, and to select the individuals whom we consider to have the ability to achieve for the Libyans what they aspire for.”

Al-Kib states that his government will be announced within 10 days or two weeks at the most. He points out that there will be no marginalization of any political powers other than those involved with Gaddafi’s regime, whose hands have been soiled with the blood of the Libyan people, who have participated in usurping the funds of the people, or those who have tried to abort the popular revolution, which erupted on 17 February 2011 in all the Libyan cities, and which ended with the removal of Gaddafi’s entire regime. Al-Kib says: “We have objective criteria, qualification and patriotism. We are not about to marginalize anyone, and we are open to dialog with all without exceptions.”

However, supporters or remnants of Gaddafi’s regime have given contradictory indications about the future situation in Libya. While an organization affiliated to Saif-al-Islam, the fugitive second son of Gaddafi has addressed death threats to Egyptian businessmen accusing them of being loyal and supporting the Libyan revolution, another Libyan organization criticized the stance of those calling for supporting Gaddafi without doing anything. The latter organization points out that it has contacted many of the individuals who were loyal to Gaddafi, but it has not found in them any intention to resist, act, or cooperate.

The Organization for Defending the Victims of Aggression against Libya says that the situation is moving toward a real tragedy in which the blood shed by the martyrs will be wasted, and the rejection of the occupation and the hijacking of Libya will come to an end. The organization expresses its resentment of the state of silence practiced by millions of Libyans within and outside Libya. The organization stresses that it is possible for any individual to stage a hunger strike in a western capital to expose the magnitude of the suffering at home. The organization adds that 25,000 prisoners of war now are locked up in the prisons and detention camps of the “criminal gangs,” and they cannot find anyone to defend them, or even to demand their rights.

The organization adds: “This silence is terrifying, and is proof that one page is closed and another one has been opened, because there is no real plan for resistance, especially as those who stood idle watching Bani-Walid as it was being hammered, Sirte as it was being hammered, and the leader while he was murdered together with a few men and while he was being humiliated, are those today, who demand a new scene they would enjoy watching as Saif-al-Islam pays another price, while they find it sufficient to watch idly.”

However, the Front for the Liberation of Libya, which is thought to be loyal to Saif-al-Islam has said in exchange that after careful examination and investigation it has placed Egyptian businessman Najib Sawiris and three other Egyptian businessmen on the list of targets. The front adds that it has evidence of the involvement of Egyptian businessmen in triggering the situation in Libya in order to topple Gaddafi’s regime.