Thursday, September 13, 2012

US-trained engineer is new Libyan PM........And Will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya's oil-based economy

Libya's national congress has chosen American-trained optical engineer Mustafa Abu Shagour as its new prime minister, a day after Islamist gunmen killed the United States ambassador to the country.

Mr Shagour edged out wartime rebel premier Mahmoud Jibril 96-94 in a second-round vote that was shown live on national television.

As government chief Mr Shagour will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya's oil-based economy while the national congress elected in July passes laws and helps draft a new constitution for the north African state.

It will be put to a national referendum next year.

"There is so much to do," Mr Shagour said after his win, citing improving security and providing services as his priorities.

The vote was overshadowed by the killing of the US ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, and three other Americans in an attack on the US consulate and a safe house refuge in Benghazi. Source