By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 26 january 2014:
The five Justice and Construction Party (J&C) ministers who resigned last week are to stay in . . .[restrict]post for a fortnight until replacements can be found, it has been announced.
Oil and Gas Minister Abdulbari Al-Arusi, Housing and Utilities Minister Ali Al-Sharif, Youth and Sports Minister Abdul Salam Guaila, Economy Minister Mustafa Abofanas, and Electricity Minister, Ali Muhairiq resigned last week over what they said was the government’s poor performance. The five had been ordered to leave the government by the J&C.
“Prime Minister Ali Zeidan asked the ministers to stay in their positions for two weeks so he could find replacements,” a member of the executive office of the J&C party, Mohamed Harizi, told the Libya Herald. Initially the ministers said they only wanted to stay for a week, he said, but reached an agreement to stay for longer, giving the government more time to find replacements.
“All five ministers will stay in their posts and run the ministries until handing over to the new ministers in an official ceremony,” said Harizi.
Two of the five, Oil Minister Al-Arusi and Youth and Sports Minister Guaila, attended today’s extraordinary cabinet meeting. [/restrict]