Tripoli via Tallaght for Libyan PM contender

A former lecturer at the Institute of Technology in Tallaght, Dublin, is one of eight candidates for the post of prime minister in Libya.

Fathi Akkari, who lectured in electronic engineering at the institute before he returned to Libya shortly after last year’s revolution began, was appointed the country’s deputy minister for higher education last November. He moved to Ireland more than two decades ago as a political dissident.

His main priority is to organise the army and the security forces. Following that, his other priorities are to develop the economy and social security, and focus on education and sustainable development.

The other eight candidates up for the role include Mahmoud Jibril, who served as the rebels’ de facto prime minister last year; the current deputy prime minister, Mustafa Abushagur; and minister for electricity Awad al-Barasi.

The prime minister will be elected by the 200-strong congress, which consists of 80 members elected as party candidates and 120 elected as individuals.

(Source: Irish Times)

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