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Urgency grows in divided Libya, says Jibril

Libya named a new cabinet yesterday designed to win broad support and quiet tribal and regional rivalries. But it may not address issues raised by senior Libyan leader Mahmoud Jibril in a recent interview.


Young revolutionaries need to quickly organize politically in order to shape a positive future for Libya, says Mahmoud Jibril, prime minister of Libya’s National Transitional Council (NTC).

Esam Al-Fetori/Reuters

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This should be Mahmoud Jibril's moment of triumph.

As prime minister of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC), he spent most of the past year traveling the world and lining up financial and military support for the rebel effort to oust Muammar Qaddafi.

Yet just a month after Mr. Qaddafi was killed and the NTC declared liberation, Mr. Jibril is worried. Very worried. In a press briefing and at Harvard University's Arab Weekend in mid-November he used the word "scary" at least five times to describe the outlook for Libya, and said that the country could slip into the sort of instability that has racked Iraq since the 2003 US-led invasion toppled Saddam Hussein.

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The key problem in Libya is that while the NTC is officially in control, it is essentially a self-appointed body that has yet to establish legitimacy across the diverse, oil-rich nation.


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