Deep Divisions Haunt Libyan De Facto Government
Tripoli, April 26 (RHC)-- Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) has denied accusations by Prime Minister Abdel Rahim El-Keib that the administration is hampering the management of government and, by extension, the projected Constituent Assembly elections.
An official statement by the NTC, issued in Tripoli Wednesday night, says the government was "surprised by the statement of the prime minister in which he blamed the Council of hindering the government's performance."
Analysts in the Libyan capital say that the dispute between the National Transitional Council and the prime minister point to the serious differences between the top leadership in the North African country.
In recent statements, Prime Minister Abdel Rahim El-Keib insisted that Libyan officials are "blocked by National Transitional Council members who continue to attack the government and threaten to withdraw their confidence, obstructing efforts to fulfill our duties to serve the nation."
According to the prime minister, his government will not accept postponing the Constituent Assembly elections, which are scheduled for June, saying it risks diverting the course of Libya's future.