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Ali Zidan elected as Libya's new prime minister

  • Libya's national congress has elected Ali Zidan as the country’s new prime minister.

    Zidan, an independent, won with a majority of 93 votes.

    He defeated a candidate favored by the Justice and Construction party, linked to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    The president of the national assembly has asked Zidan to propose a cabinet within two weeks.

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

    Zidan was a career diplomat for Colonel Muammar Gaddafi before defecting in 1980 to join the opposition in exile.

    He served the former transitional government as its Europe envoy and was key in convincing ex-French President Nicolas Sarkozy to support the uprising against Gaddafi.