Benghazi, 9 March 2013:
The first batch of former revolutionaries who have joined the local police force took part in a graduation . . .[restrict]ceremony today, Saturday, in Benghazi.
Attending the ceremony at the city’s National Security Directorate and watching the 400 men be commissioned were Deputy Prime Minister Awad Barasi and Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail. The latter has piloted the scheme to integrate revolutionaries into the standard security systems of the state.
Also present were Benghazi Congressman Mohamed Al-Amari and the Vice President of the city’s Security Committee of Benghazi Fawzi Wanis.
The new recruits had at spent the past 45 days at the city’s Police Training Institute.
There were 400 graduating today, said Wanis, but they were just the first of the 7,000 who had signed up to join Benghazi’s police force. The second batch to be trained, he added, would be more larger than the first. [/restrict]