Libya’s newly-elected interim prime minister has promised to hold elections after eight months for a national assembly.
Abdul Raheem al-Keeb has been elected to replace Mahmoud Jibril who always said he would stand down once Libya was declared officially ‘liberated’.
The new leader, who was once a student in the US and has spent most of his life outside his country, is aware of the challenges he faces.
“We have many issues to take care of, such as the wounded and prisoners. Hopefully I will sit with my brothers from the National Council and decide on the government, its ministers and members,” said Keeb.
The election of a new prime minister came on the day a NATO-enforced no-fly zone over Libya ended.
Although most planes remained grounded on Monday except for special flights carrying pilgrims to Mecca, Tripoli’s airport is ready to start the operation of commercial flights this week.