World Bulletin / News Desk
Libya's prime minister-elect said on Thursday he had withdrawn his proposed government list, just a day after presenting it to the national congress for approval, after protesters stormed the assembly and politicians voiced discontent over his nominations.
Speaking on Libyan television, Mustafa Abushagur said he was ready to change some of his nominations in his proposed line-up.
"I have asked the congress leader to withdraw my proposed government list and I will submit new nominations on Sunday," he said. "This new government should help build the state. Its members should have the right experience and be courageous."
Congress leader Mohammed Magarief had earlier said that the assembly did not approve of the proposed government line-up.
Abushagur's decision to withdraw his initial nominations is likely to be seen as a strategic retreat and as an attempt to keep Libya's still shaky efforts to put a stable political system in place on track.
"I thought the congress would discuss this list and give me their opinions," Abushagur said. "When I presented my list yesterday some congress members just left the hall ... It is the prime minister's right to pick the government."
Earlier on Thursday, protesters who believed their town was under-represented in the proposed government stormed the national assembly as it prepared to scrutinise the list.
Between 100 and 150 demonstrators from the western town of Zawiyah walked into the hall where congress meets, forcing the cancellation of a session meant to study the nominations. The session was postponed until later in the evening.
"After we heard the list, everyone in Zawiyah was angry. Some even began protesting in Zawiyah's main square last night," said Nuri Shambi, who travelled 50 km (30 miles) to the capital Tripoli to voice his anger.
"Abushagur said he would form a coalition government, that he would look at experience. Zawiyah proposed candidates for oil minister, but he's brought in someone who is not well known."
Abushagur proposed Mabrouk Issa Abu Harroura as oil minister.
Congress spokesman Omar Hmaidan said several congress members had voiced dissatisfaction with the nominations.
"We need a political government. Many of these people are not known," congress member Mohammed Saleem said.
Another congress member echoed that, adding: "Those who are known to us have little experience."
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