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November 2012

Only hours after getting the go-ahead to form his new government, Libyan Prime Minister Dr Ali Zidan delivered his first address to the nation since since attaining office when he went on Al-AhrarTelevision to thank the General National Council for approving his cabinet, and the people.

He pointed out that the decision by the GNC heralds the start of the nation-building process. He said” It is the start of the nation,” and called it the “building of democracy.”

He said he had formed a “coalition government” that included representatives from the country’s two major political parties, adding that any member forming part of the cabinet would be replaced if he did not perform. He also declared that he has pledged to replace any member of his cabinet who is deemed not fit for the post the Integrity Commission.

“He said: “This will be a government for all Libyans; I hope it will not let the Libyan people down.’’

Dr Zidan mentioned the retraining and rehabilitation of the February 17 freedom fighters (thuwar) was as a priority. As such, before deciding on the government line-up he had extensive talks with for him. He said that as they played an important role during last year’s revolution, they also still have a role to play in building a new Libya.

Stressing the need for ‘’new blood’’ in the army and security forces, he believes it is his duty to tackle the issue of safety and security in the country, which since the revolution has been a headache.

He pledged to rebuild the armed forces by providing their training and rearming them. At the same time he warned that those who can no longer provide a service would not be engaged.

Dr Zidan touched on a number of other issues, including the health sector and promised to do his best and quick, to give Libyans the chance to receive health care in Libya itself and not abroad. In this matter he said he would try his best to reduce travel abroad for Libyans needing health care.

Another important issue the Prime Minister stressed upon was national reconciliation, and also mentioned the fact that Libya would play an active role in international cooperation based on mutual benefit and respect.

Source: Libya Herald

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