Libya appoints new Prime Minister

October 15, 2012 - 2:25:11 am

TRIPOLI: Libya’s General National Congress elected Ali Zeidan, a long-time opponent of deposed dictator Muammar Gaddafi, as prime minister yesterday, the assembly’s chief said.

“Ali Zeidan is elected prime minister and is asked to propose a cabinet within two weeks,” Mohammed Megaryef, president of the National Assembly, said in remarks broadcast on television.

Benefitting from the backing of the liberal coalition in the 200-seat assembly, Zeidan won 93 of the votes cast, trumping the 85 garnered by the only other candidate, local government minister Mohammed Al Hrari.

Zeidan replaces Mustafa Abu Shagur who was dismissed as prime minister last week.