Libya Elects New Prime Minister

    Libyan opposition National Transitional Council (NTC) leader Mahmud Jibril (R) and ambassador Ali Zidan (L) arrive on June 22, 2011 for a working session with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the European Union Headquarters in Bruxelles. Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands recognise the NTC as the Libyan people's legitimate representative, the Belgian foreign minister said today. Several other nations, including Italy, Germany and Britain, as well as NATO allies the United States and Turkey, have since followed suit.     AFP PHOTO / GEORGES GOBET (Photo credit should read GEORGES GOBET/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Libya’s General National Congress elected Ali Zidan as the country’s new prime minister on Saturday. A former member of the legislative body and a human rights lawyer, Zidan eked out the win, receiving 93 votes, with his rival Mohammed Al-Harari getting 85. Just a few days ago, the congress sacked Prime Minister Mustafa Abushagur after he failed to win approval for his cabinet. Abushagur took the helm just after U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens was killed, and had been in office for less than a month. His ousting is seen as a sign that the country’s fractious political atmosphere will be difficult to change.

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