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Thursday 4th October 2012 

Libyan Prime Minister-elect Dr Mustafa AbuShagur presented his cabinet line-up Wednesday evening to the ruling national congress for its approval. He claims he has chosen his cabinet based on a geographical balance as Libya’s regional rivalries are still rife.

Women who were electedto the NationalAssembly are said to be disappointed that only one woman managed to get a portfolio in Mr AbuShagur’s cabinet. She is Summaya Mahmoud Baltief, Minister of social affairs

In a televised session Mr AbuShagur nominated Mabrouk Issa Abu Harroura as the North African country’s new oil minister who has worked for Libya’s Zueitina Oil Company as well as in the oil sector abroad. Many industry officials had expected interim Oil Minister Abdulrahman Ben Yazza to stay in the job.

In a move that could be seen to placate regional rivalries, Mr AbuShagur also picked three deputy prime ministers – one from the western mountain town of Zintan, one from the south and the third from the east.

Omar al-Aswad has been nominated as interior minister while the ministry of defence has been assigned to Abdulsalam Jadallah al-Obeidi. A former military officer from Benghazi, Obeidi defected to the revolutionaries early in last year’s uprising against Gaddafi.

As finance minister, AbuShagur named Abdallah Shamia, a former prisoner under Gaddafi when he was part of the then-underground Muslim Brotherhood movement in Libya. Shamia has taught economics at Benghazi university.

The NFA, led by wartime rebel prime minister Mahmoud Jibril, has 39 out of the 80 party seats in the 200-member assembly. The remaining 120 seats are in the hands of independents.

NFA spokesman Hamuda Siala said the coalition, which had called for nine ministries and the inclusion of its programme in the next government, would still support AbuShagur’s cabinet “as long as it aims to serve Libya’s national interest, improve security and boost development”.

Faisal al-Krekshi, previously NFA secretary general, was nominated as health minister. AbuShagur has kept several ministers from the interim administration in which he was deputy prime minister, including Education Minister Suleiman al-Sahli.

Congress member Ahmed Mohammed Buni said some congress members were calling for more details about the candidates as so many were unknown. “Abushagur said he would use standards of integrity, transparency when he presented his government line-up, but we haven’t seen their CVs yet,” he said.

As government chief, AbuShagur will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya’s oil-based economy while the national congress elected in July passes laws and helps draft a new constitution for the North African state. It will be put to a national referendum next year.

The new cabinet of ministers named by Mr AbuShagur is made up of 28 ministers, but he has failed to nominate a foreign minister. He will temporarily fill the position himself until he makes a final decision.

The cabinet:
1st Deputy Prime Minister: Omar Ali Al-Nakua
2nd Deputy Prime Minister: Al-Haramain Mohamed Al-Haramain
3rd Deputy Prime Minister: Saad Agila El-Obaidi
Minister for Interior: Omar Aswad
Minister for Defence: Abdulsalam Jadallah Al-Salhin Saheh Al-Obeidi
Minister for Finance: Abdullah Shamiya
Minister for Economy: Mustafa Abu Fanas
Minister for Oil & Gas: Al-Mabrouk Aissa Abu Harura
Minister for Religious Affairs: Salem Abdullah Al-Sheikhi
Minister for Martyrs & Missing Persons: Sami Al-Saadi
Minister for Social Affairs: Summaya Mahmoud Baltief
Minister for Education: Sulaiman Al-Sahli
Minister for Labour: Ahmed Safar
Minister for Justice: Yousef Harbiesh
Minister for Health: Feisal Krekshi
Minister for Local Government: Mohamed Al-Hashimi Al-Harari
Minister for Housing & Utilities: Muftah Al-Tayyar
Communications: Ibrahim Jibril
Minister for Transport: Abdul Hafiz Al-Abar
Minister for Agriculture, Livestock & Fisheries: Mahmoud Al-Telisi
Minister for Industry: Mahmoud Al-Ftaisi
Minister for Higher Education: Naim Aburrahman Al-Ghariani
Minister for Sports: Ramadan Belgassem Belhaj
Minister for Culture & Civil Society: Ah-Hadi Abdusallam Al-Ghariani
Minister for Electricity: Ahmad Ali Ahmed Al-Shuaibi
Minister for Public Works: Salahadin Shmeila
Minister for Rehabilitation & Human Development: Mustafa Al-Saqazli
Minister for Water: Mustafa Sulaiman Mustafa Abdul Hadi

His final choices for cabinet were being submitted to the National Congress Thursday morning, with each candidate being voted on. If the panel rejects anyone, AbuShagur will be given until October 7 to choose an alternative.

Source: Tripoli Post 

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