Three New Ministers Named

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan [Zidan] (pictured) has nominated three new ministers:

  • Ali Gadour, as minister for Martyrs and the Missing (replacing Sami Al-Saadi who resigned);
  • Ali Muftah Obaid, as Minister of Higher Education (replacing Abdulasalm Bashir Duabi who was rejected by the Integrity Commission); and,
  • Yousef Mohamed Sherif as Minister of Information, which is a new ministry.

The Prime Minister had not originally planned an information ministry when he unveiled his cabinet in October, but the decision to create the ministry came from Congress. It has been controversial with demonstrations against it; protestors have claimed it could see the government trying to muzzle the press. However, this has been denied by the authorities and it has been reported that Zeidan was not opposed to the move by Congress.

In an unrelated development, Libya's Foreign Affairs Minister, Ali Al-Aujali, has resigned.

(Sources: Libya Herald)

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