Libyan Rebels Reshuffle Cabinet

Posted August 8th, 2011 at 5:05 pm (UTC-5)
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Libya's rebel leader is reshuffling the executive branch of his de-facto government in an effort to ease tensions over the killing last month of the rebels' military chief.

A spokesman for the Transitional National Council says Mahmoud Jibril, the rebels' de-facto prime minister, has been asked to form a new executive body of ministers.

The council faces criticism for the assassination of rebel military chief General Abdel Fattah Younes, who was killed in late July upon his return to Benghazi. His death was considered a setback for the rebels and a signal of infighting within the group.

The council says it has formed a committee to investigate his death, and that several people have been questioned.

Younes had been part of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi's inner circle before joining the rebels. The rebel council has formed a committee to investigate his death.