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Libyan prime minister poised to announce secularist cabinet
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Source: The Guardian

Leaked details show no places for prominent Islamists in cabinet to be named by Abdulrahman el-Keib

Chris Stephen in Tripoli | Tuesday November 22 2011 12.25 GMT

Abdurrahim al-Keib, the new Libyan prime minister, is set to announce a secularist cabinet on Tuesday.

The major surprise in leaked details of the cabinet which has no places for prominent Islamists is the appointment of Osama Jweli, the chief of the Zintan military council, as defence minister at the expense of the Islamist Hakim Bilhaj. Jweli is an accomplished military commander whose forces played a key role in storming Tripoli in August but, until now, he had not had a high national political profile.

Sources in Zintan told the Guardian at the weekend that the town's leadership had demanded a cabinet post in return for handing over Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who is being held at a secret location there.

Other appointments include Abdul Rahman Swehli, whose son, Ahmed, a psychiatrist at Manchester Royal Infirmary, spent the much of the war working as a doctor in the besieged city of Misrata, as the human rights minister.

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