By Sami Zaptia.
Tripoli, 12 March 2014:
Caretaker Prime Minister Abdullah Thinni said that security was his priority during his brief two week . . .[restrict]tenure.
Asked what were his priorities in his new job at his first press conference today, former Defence Minister Thinni said that security was his main priority “especially in Benghazi and Derna” where everyday there are assassinations.
However, Thinni refused to blame his former boss Ali Zeidan for the poor security situation in Libya. The new caretaker Prime Minister preferred to blame Libya’s post revolutionary situation and weak state, including the widespread dispersion of weapons.
Thinni admitted that the security issue was “a big challenge”.
It will be recalled that Abdullah Thinni was not credited with having made any change on the security front in his previous role as Defence Minister.
Moreover, Zeidan had admitted publicly since January that his Defence Minister was unable to have an influence on the Chiefs of Staffs when instructed by Zeidan via Thinni to take action. [/restrict]