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Libya's ex-oil minister criticises new leaders

Outgoing oil and finance minister Ali Tarhouni says those now ruling Libya are 'supported from the outside by money, arms and PR'

AP, Friday 25 Nov 2011
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A senior figure in Libya's outgoing transitional government criticised the country's new leadership, saying it fails to represent the majority of Libyans.

Outgoing oil and finance minister Ali Tarhouni said that "the voices that we see now are the voices of the elite."

Tarhouni has been one of the most visible faces of the revolutionary leadership since the ouster of the Muammar Gaddafi regime.

But he says he refused an offer to join Prime Minister Abdurrahim Al-Keib's transitional Cabinet because he believes those now in power are not representative and are "supported from the outside by money, arms and PR."

The US-educated Tarhouni did not explain further and gave no examples. He made his comments Thursday evening after the new Cabinet was sworn in.

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