By Jamal Adel.
Tripoli, 19 March 2104:
Acting Prime Minister Abdullah Al-Thinni has held his first meeting of the . . .[restrict]Council of Minister in the deep south west oasis town on Ghat. It represents a major break in style with the practice of former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan.
Discussions focussed on services in the area, including the state of the local health service, job creation, housing and the state of roads, notably the road between Ghat and Obari. Following their deliberations ministers met with local officials to discuss a raft of issues.
“After their meeting, the cabinet met with Ghat’s elders, local council and tribal figures and listened to complaints,” Al-Auwaiynat regional district in Ghat, Rajab Abdussalam Alzayani said.
“We also spoke with the Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammed Abdulaziz about the possibility of opening a new Algerian consulate in Ghat. He promised us he would discuss it with this Algerian counterpart” Alzayani told the Libya Herald.
There have been concerns in Ghat about the nearby porous border with Algeria, and the lack of security in the area.
The move may go someway to reassure Libyans living far from the capital who have complained that the post-revolution governments remain as Tripoli-centric as the Qaddafi regime, and equally divorced from local issues. [/restrict]