U.N.-led Libya forum selects new interim government


Delegates from Libya’s rival sides have chosen an interim prime minister and a three-member Presidency Council to lead the country till the December 24 elections. Seventy-four members of the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF) elected a list that comprises Abdul-Hamid Mohammed Dbeibeh as prime minister and Mohammed Menfi as the head of the Presidency Council.

A U.N.-led Libya forum on Friday selected an interim government via a vote, choosing Mohammed al-Menfi as presidency council head and Abdulhamid Dbeibeh as prime minister.

Their list obtained 39 votes versus 34 for their rivals: eastern-based parliament chief Aguila Saleh and western-based interior minister Fathi Bashagha as prime minister.

“On behalf of the United Nations I am pleased to witness this historic moment,” said U.N. acting Libya envoy Stephanie Williams, who was interrupted by applause.

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