In Tripoli, Libya's interim leader says he is quitting
Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril speaks at a news conference during the General Assembly at the United Nations on September 23, 2011 in New York City. (Getty Images)
October 20th, 2011
10:49 AM ET

In Tripoli, Libya's interim leader says he is quitting

By Vivienne Walt, TIME

Two months after rebel fighters stormed into Tripoli and drove Moammar Gadhafi from power, the man effectively running the country in his role as temporary prime minister warned on Wednesday night that Libya could turn to chaos unless the war ended soon. Mahmoud Jibril, a U.S.-educated economist who helped persuade NATO members to launch their Libya campaign last March, also announced in an interview with TIME that he was quitting - potentially leaving Libya in a perilous state of limbo.

Jibril, who heads the executive board of the rebels' National Transitional Council, did not say exactly when he would resign, but hinted that it could be as soon as Thursday, when a televised meeting of his group would detail what it had accomplished since Gadhafi's ouster, he said. In a grim assessment of Libya's current state, Jibril suggested that as the war dragged on, he had found governing the country was increasingly difficult. "We have moved into a political struggle with no boundaries," Jibril said, looking glum, rather than a man rejoicing liberation. "The political struggle requires finances, organization, arms and ideologies," he said. "I am afraid I don't have any of this."

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  1. j. von hettlingen

    The author, "the unity which appeared to hold through months of the revolution, has seriously frayed, as rival brigades lay claim to different territories".
    Apparently a dispute broke out as several men claimed to be the one who found Gaddafi. They were eager to gain the bounty on Gaddafi's head. I understand Jibril's decision to quit. Having lived in the West for a long time, maybe he realised the challenges the new Libya will be facing.

    October 20, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Reply

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