Libya: 'crisis government in days'

Libya's interim prime minister says a new cabinet could be unveiled as early as next week.

September 24, 2011 13:40
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Libyans lay seige to Sirte.

more Libyan gun trucks 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Libya's interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril says a new cabinet could be unveiled next week.

He told media at the UN General Assembly meeting in New York security, restoration of order and a new army are the top priorities.

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And he insisted more weight would be given to merit of cabinet members.

Libya's interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said, "I think diversity and inclusion of all political streams of thought, this should be taken care (of) in the legislative branch of the government. But for the executive we are going to take care of the geographical balance but not at the expense of qualification and merits."

Fighters for Libya's National Transitional Council are still trying to take control of Gaddafi's birthplace of Sirte.

There's sympathy for the deposed leader here from residents who have tribal loyalties for him or did not support the revolution.

The city typifies the problems the NTC faces in reconciling significant parts of the country.

In Bani Walid, another Gaddafi stronghold, NTC fighters are still struggling to overcome resistance from within.

It's been a month since the capital, Tripoli, fell to NTC forces.

Lack of co-ordination among irregular militias and armed groups is one of their worst enemies in winning the battle for the remaining Gaddafi bastions.

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