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Libya Political Infighting Hampers Drive to Form New Cabinet

Political infighting and the doggedness of Muammar Qaddafi’s loyalists are hampering the drive by Libya’s interim leaders to complete the liberation of the North African nation and form a new government.

Political struggles should be postponed until “the soil of Libya is fully liberated,” Qaddafi is arrested and a constitution drawn up, National Transitional Council Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said in an interview with Saudi newspaper Al Hayat. “Many have forgotten or deliberately ignore the fact that the land is not yet liberated and that the battle is not over. They began their political struggle too early.”