Libya parliament to approve new cabinet

2012-10-30 22:37

Cairo - Libya's prime minister-elect, Ali Zidan, has asked the National Congress to approval his cabinet, the official Libyan News Agency reported on Tuesday.

The government includes three deputy prime ministers, 27 ministers and two junior ministers.

Zidan told the congress that he "took into account geographical considerations, which are a real and objective issue, so that the whole country would be represented in the cabinet".

The National Congress picked Zidan to form a government over an Islamist-backed rival after the previous prime-minister elect, Mustafa Abu Shagur, failed to win approval for his proposed cabinet.

The congress previously rejected two cabinet proposals by Abu Shagur, saying that several areas of Libya were not represented in his nominations.