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By Vittorio Hernandez
Interim Libyan Prime Minister Mahmud Jibril announced that the country will have a new government inplace within the next 7 to 10 days.
Jibril told G8 foreign ministers in New York that most of the work to set up a new government after the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi has been done. The focus now of the temporary government, the National Transitional Council, is to establish ministries and their location.
Jibril said that the ministries would likely be based in Tripoli and the eastern city of Benghazi where the NTC was based during the start of the revolt against Gaddafi.
The triumph of the NTC over Gaddafi continues to unfold as U.S. President Barack Obama said Washington will reopen the American embassy in Tripoli, while the African Union officially recognized the NTC as the interim government of Libya.
The only major hindrance to the full victory of the NTC is the capture of the fugitive dictator, who warned them that NATO support for the new Libyan government would not last.
Teodoro Obiang Nguema, president of AU and the concurrent president of Equatorial Guinea, said the union is ready to support Libya as it rebuilds the nation torn by the political strife.
Obama, who addressed a UN meeting on Libya, thanked the international community for the courage and collective will to act on the problem of Libya. He reassured Libyans that they could count on more international support in the future. Obama added the U.S. embassy in Tripoli will reopen this week.
Jibril said that once the new government is formed, it will bring stability and order in Tripoli and the rest of Libya.
To further help the north African nation and other new democracies, the G8 set up the Deauville Partnership which will infuse $80 billion and international expertise. However, since Libya is a relatively wealthy nation with oil resources, it would not qualify for financial assistance, which would instead be concentrated on Tunisia and Egypt.
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