Libya assembly head calls for coalition government
Libya needs an inclusive government to build on progress made by those who have guided its transition from 42 years of one-man rule under Muammar Gaddafi, the president of a newly elected national assembly said in an interview.
Mohammed Magarief, a veteran Gaddafi opponent picked by the 200-member congress as its head last week, said the North African country’s new rulers needed to improve security, promote national reconciliation, tackle “unacceptable” corruption and lure back foreign investors after last year’s civil war.
“Satisfaction of regional needs or aspirations also has to be considered, but this should not be at the expense of efficiency,” Magarief, seen as a moderate Islamist, told Reuters on Friday when asked about the choice of the new prime minister.
The national assembly, which began life on Wednesday, will steer Libya to full parliamentary polls once a constitution is drafted next year. One of its first tasks is to appoint a prime minister within 30 days.
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