15 Oct 2012

New PM chosen in Libya

10:04 am on 15 October 2012

Libya has a new prime minister.

Ali Zidan, an independent, won 93 votes on Sunday at a meeting of the national congress, to beat Mohamed al-Hariri, a minister favoured by an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Mr Zidan now has two weeks to propose a cabinet.

The BBC reports previous prime minister Mustafa Abu Shagur was dismissed a week ago after failing to form a government.

Mr Zidan was a career diplomat for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi before defecting in 1980 and joining the opposition in exile.