By Libya Herald staff.
2 December 2014:
For the first time a new mayor has been sworn into office in front of a . . .[restrict]prime minister – in this case, the new mayor of Musaid. Saleh Moawad Hassan, the 75th mayor to be elected since the new municipal system was started a year ago, was installed in office at a session in Beida yesterday attended by the Prime Minister, Abdullah Al-Thinni, and the Minister of Local Government, Mohamed Farouk.
According to an official at the Central Committee for Municipal Council Elections, the councillors from Musaid, on the border with Egypt, wanted their swearing-in ceremony and the election of the mayor to take place in the east of the country rather than in Tripoli. Since the law stipulates that the first has to be performed by the minister or his deputy, the second supervised by the head of the CCMCE, a Beida-based member of the CCMCE was deputised to ensure the election. To the surprise of many, Thinni turned up with Farouk for the swearing of the oaths of office.
According to he CCMCE official, there had earlier been a problem with one of the polling stations in the Musaid elections, necessitating a re-run of the vote there.
Meanwhile, initial election results of Saturday’s municipal elections in Kabaw were announced today. Those for Jakharra are expected tomorrow. Those in Tarhouna, Bani Walid and Abu Grain remain postponed. [/restrict]