Libya’s Interim Leader Is An Academic

“This transition period has its own challenges. One thing we will be doing is working very closely with the NTC and listening to the Libyan people,” Al-Keeb said after the 51 NTC members voted, with 26 backing him in Tripoli through a ballot.

“We salute and remember the revolutionaries who we will never forget. We will not forget their families,” he said. “I say to them that the NTC did not and will not forget them and also the coming government will do the same,” he added.

Former interim prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, fulfilled a promise to resign after Libya was declared officially “liberated” after the fall of Muammar Gaddafi’s hometown Sirte and his subsequent killing.

The NTC has promised to hold elections after eight months for a national assembly that will spend a year drawing up a new constitution before a parliamentary poll.

Al-Keeb said that he expected to choose his cabinet ministers within two weeks. “We said we would (elect a cabinet) a month from the liberation. We have two weeks left and we intend to meet that deadline.”

Lybia’s Premier, Dr. Abdul Raheem al-Keeb joined The University of Alabama as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering in 1985 and became Professor in 1996. He has taught at The University of Tripoli, North Carolina State University, The University of Alabama, the American University of Sharjah, and recently at The Petroleum Institute in UAE. He supervised many MSc Theses and PhD Dissertations and is recipient of several teaching and research awards. Reuters and additional reporting by Radio VOP.