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article imageLibya's NTC indefinitely postpone forming new goverment

By Katerina Nikolas     Sep 19, 2011 in World
Amidst infighting between members of Libya's National Transitional Council, it failed yesterday to announce the new goverment as promised. Instead it said the announcement was to be postponed indefinitely.
Promises by Libya’s National Transitional Council to announce a new government yesterday have been indefinitely postponed. Just one day after the United Nations recognized the NTC as Libya’s interim government, interim Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril announced that his proposals on the new cabinet did not receive full backing from council members.
Jibril, former head of Gaddafi’s National Economic Development Board, is believed to be part of the problem. A report in the Telegraph indicates that some Libyans view Jibril as the American choice for leader and some rebels “Are objecting to become subservient to Western installed appointees who sat in plush desks in Beghazi and are pushed now to top positions in a post-Gaddafi Libya.”Russian expert Vladimir Isayev told "What the ministers can’t agree on is oil and access to oil revenues. It’s hard to say how bad the split is and whether the NTC’s chief will be able to make the right appointments to replace those discontent over the current situation. Whether those discontent will behave in a civilized manner is also unclear. Libya might well plunge into a domestic strife for power once the Gaddafi story is over." Several experts point to considerable discord between Jibril and council member and commander of military forces in Tripoli, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, with claims that the latter is behind a campaign to prevent Jibril appointing a new cabinet.
In an interview with Reuters, Hakim stated “I’m not a military man,” despite being the founder of the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, a now disbanded organization that was on the U.S. list of terrorist groups. Known for his extreme Islamic views and his determination to turn Libya into a caliphate state, he downplays his intentions, saying the challenge is “Building a democratic and modern, civil state with rules, governed with justice and equality." He added “As for the form of the government, this depends on Libyans' choice. Democracy has more than one form.”Jibril and others who want to involve women in the new government and unlikely to find backing for this plan from those whose intent is to introduce strict sharia law. Belhadj also dismissed vocal Islamic criticisms of the interim government, explaining it was just previously oppressed Libyans expressing their feelings. However tensions are strong between the Islamists and the more secular members of the previous Gaddafi government. The situation is worrying due to the proliferation of pillaged weapons.
Vladimir Isayev observes “The struggle is going on for Gaddafi’s legacy, for the best pieces of the ‘Libyan pie’.” He went on to say “The NTC doesn’t go farther than pledges to hold democratic elections in the future. Once leaders declare their programs, it will become clear who are the Islamists, and who are the Democrats."The focus on the council’s failure to move ahead was distracted by ongoing battles between rebel forces and those loyal to Gaddafi in Bani Waldi. As fighting continues in the area, Naharnet reported that Saif al-Islam Gaddafi was seen in Bani Waldi. An NTC official said “Seif al-Islam was seen in Bani Walid; this is 100 percent certain. As for his father, he was there too; we are 70 percent sure." However previous accounts of the whereabouts of the Gaddafi clan have proven to be no more than propaganda put out by the rebels, as evidenced by earlier claims that Saif Gaddafi had been arrested by the rebel fighters.
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