Libya Announces New Government, Capture of Gadhafi's Son
November 23, 2011
Libya has a new government, even as its members struggle to decide what to do with the captured son of Col. Moammar Gadhafi.
Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, who was captured after several weeks in hiding, is awaiting a trial, either in his home country or before the International Criminal Court, in The Hague. If convicted in Libya, he could face the death penalty; the harshest penalty allowed by the ICC is life imprisonment.
Accused of crimes against humanity, he was very much in power and in the public eye in the waning days of his father's rule, appearing on television multiple times in support of the regime and the forces that still supported it. He was the last of Gadhafi's sons to be captured, the victim of an ambush in the desert during the weekend.
Meanwhile, the National Transitional Council announced its new government. Some prominent resistance figures were left off the Cabinet roll, as the NTC preferred to fill the posts with representatives of the still unstable country's regional factions. Two women were among the ministers appointed, a surprise for a deeply Muslim country.
Abdurrahim El-Keib will continue as prime minister, and the newly named ministers will be in their posts through June 2012, when parliamentary elections take place, with the target a new 200-member national assembly.