Anti-Gaddafi troops are advancing towards the former Libyan leader’s stronghold of Sirte but elsewhere there are problems for the country’s new order.
The coastal town, along with Bani Walid, are some of the last places frustrating National Transitional Council efforts to take control of the whole of Libya.
Failure to agree on a new cabinet is causing the interim NTC to postpone the presention of its much awaited government, a fact that has not helped.
Apparent last minute haggling for posts caused a frustrated NTC number two Mahmoud Jibril to announce that the new government would be declared as soon as the protracted discussions had finished. These he hoped would be finalised shortly.
Meanwhile NTC forces are said to have retreated in chaos from Bani Walid after yet another attempt to storm the desert stronghold.
Gaddafi loyalists who have staged a robust defence of the town claim to have captured what they describe as 17 “mercenaries” including French and British technical experts.