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New Libyan government aims to soothe rivalries

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New Libyan government aims to soothe rivalries


Security, stability and a return to normal life.

They are the priorities outlined by Libya’s new transitional government, unveiled by interim Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib.

National reconciliation is another key aim amid growing signs of regional tension, three months after the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule. Hence the appointment of relative unknowns to many posts, in an apparent bid to keep everyone happy.

“I would like to advise them to look after the Libyan people as they have suffered for 42 years under Gaddafi’s regime and before that under Italian and Turkish colonisation,” said Tripoli resident Wissam Sanussi. “But we are optimistic and hope for the best. We hope a good time lies ahead.”

The cabinet will run Libya until elections are held.

And that is no easy task in a country still deep in the wreckage of Gaddafi’s one-man rule, where corruption was rampant and state institutions left to decay.

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