Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya
Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya, attends a press conference in Istanbul on December 17. Jalil called on "revolutionaries," or former rebel fighters who had gathered at a conference in Tripoli, to come up with a list of potential candidates to join the interim body. © Mustafa Ozer - AFP/File
Mustafa Abdul Jalil, Chairman of the National Transitional Council of Libya
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Last updated: December 21, 2011

Libya's interim leadership to include former rebels

Libyan fighters who took on forces loyal to Moamer Kadhafi will be represented in the National Transitional Council, the country's interim chief Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Wednesday.

Abdel Jalil called on "revolutionaries," or former rebel fighters who had gathered at a conference in Tripoli, to come up with a list of potential candidates to join the interim body.

"We will choose seven, eight or nine to become members of the national council," he said.

The announcement, which comes as the NTC faces unprecedented criticism since the fall of the former regime, was welcomed with rounds of applause and cries of "Allahu Akbar (God is greatest)."

Abdel Jalil urged former rebels, who have evolved into brigades organised primarily along regional lines, to "choose wisely," taking into account the demanding nature of the job as it often requires "more than 12 hours" per day.

The NTC, which enjoyed a grace period during the revolt-turned-civil war, has come under fire for its "lack of representativeness" and "transparence," especially in the eastern city fo Benghazi, cradle of the uprising.

Abdel Jalil also called on the former rebels to come up with a list of candidates for the position of commander-in-chief of the national army, which is in the process of being reconstituted.

This new chief "must come from the ranks of the traditional army because this is a military position," he said.

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