Tripoli, 22 April 2014:
Former National Transitional Council (NTC) minister Ali Tarhouni was last night voted in as head of the Constitutional . . .[restrict]Assembly.
An economist and politician, Tarhouni was Minister of both Oil and Finance in the NTC. He also briefly served as acting Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in 2011.
Benghazi-based Tarhouni is widely seen as a liberal choice. He has been a popular political figure since the revolution, when he returned from exile in America. Tarhouni had spent 31 years living abroad, in opposition to the old regime. He is also the founder and head of the National Centrist Party.
The announcement came at the end of the Assembly’s inaugural meeting last night and is seen as the first solid step towards drafting the country’s new constitution, according to Libyan news agency LANA. [/restrict]