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article imageAnti Gadhaffi forces form interim government for Libya

By Leo Reyes
Feb 26, 2011 in Politics
Anti-government forces in Libya have decided to form an interim government in preparation for the eventual ouster of the country's strongman Muammar Gadhaffi.
The interim government is lead by the former justice secretary of Libya who resigned a few days ago in protest of the mass killing of the people who are helpless and unarmed.
Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abud Al Jeleil who resigned Monday for what he termed as the "use of excessive force against protesters" by forces loyal to Gadhaffi, is being groomed as head of the interim government.
Reuters/Yahoo news reports, "The formation of the interim government followed a meeting in Benghazi of "interim local leaderships in the eastern region," he said.
Abud Ajleil said members of the interim government would be announced on Sunday at a press conference in Benghazi, cradle of the revolt against Gaddafi's 41-year-rule.
"They include members from the liberated western cities such as Misrata and Zawiyah and other cities. Other portfolios will remain vacant until Tripoli and other cities in west and south of Libya are liberated ... Tripoli will remain the capital of Libyan state," he said.
Libyan Ambassador to the US Ali Aujali, who resigned his post and severed ties with Gadhaffi a few days ago said the US and other countries could help accelerate Gadhaffi's exit by supporting the former justice minister.
"He is a very honest man, a man with dignity," Aujali said. "I hope this caretaker government will get the support of Libyans and of the international community."
Abdel-Jalil and his team "will do everything to end this regime," Aujali said. "This government is for the whole of Libya."
But the US government says it has no knowledge of the efforts of Libya's former justice minister adding that Aujali did not know the members of the interim government .
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