Libya Elects New Prime Minister

He knows what he'll be working on for the time being


Libya's national congress picked Mustafa Abu Shagour as prime minister on Wednesday, the U.S.-trained optical engineer naming improved services and security as his priorities a day after Islamist gunmen killed the U.S. ambassador to Libya.

Abu Shagour defeated wartime rebel premier Mahmoud Jibril in a close second round vote by 96 votes to 94 in a contest that was shown live on national television.

As government chief he will be responsible for the day-to-day running of Libya's oil-based economy while the national congress elected in July passes laws and helps draft a new constitution for the North African state.

It will be put to a national referendum next year.