Libya’s unrecognized govt reshuffles cabinet

Libya's PM of the self-declared Islamist-backed government in Tripoli, Khalifa Al-Ghweil (C) and head of the General National Congress Nouri Bousahmein (2-L) attend a ceremony in Tripoli, on Aug. 13.

Libya’s PM of the self-declared Islamist-backed government in Tripoli, Khalifa Al-Ghweil (C) and head of the General National Congress Nouri Bousahmein (2-L) attend a ceremony in Tripoli, on Aug. 13.


Libya’s unrecognized government on Tuesday announced a cabinet reshuffle that drastically reduces the number of portfolios but retains Khalifa Ghweil as prime minister.

“The General National Congress voted today in favor of a government reshuffle to reduce the number of ministers” from 24 to 12, in addition to the post of prime minister, a GNC source told AFP.

“Congress believes that such limited government is actually a crisis cabinet,” the source said, without elaborating.

Since the 2011 overthrow of dictator Muammar Qaddafi, Libya has been wracked by conflict, with two rival governments along with powerful militias battling for control of key cities and the country’s oil riches.

Libya Dawn, a coalition of militias including Islamists, seized the capital last year, while the internationally recognized government was forced to flee to Tobruk in the east of the country.

The cabinet reshuffle also comes at a time of a harsh economic crisis.


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