By Ahmed Elumami.
Tripoli, 8 January 2014:
Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has announced a cabinet reshuffle in the next two weeks, saying that a number of ministers no longer felt comfortable in their posts.
Zeidan told reporters at today’s press conference that as long as the General National Congress (GNC) did not pass a vote of no-confidence against him, there would be changes to a number of ministerial posts including in the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry for Local Government. He stressed that cabinet positions would remain in the hands of technocrats and independents.
Zeidan lashed out at critics, saying they were hampering its work. Defending his government, Zeidan pointed to a number of recent successes, including registration for upcoming elections for the 60 Committee and the issuing of electronic passports, both of which have been managed through the national ID number database.
The Prime Minister added that the government had already started to rebuild the police and army in terms of recruitment and through training abroad. He said there were currently 400 trainees in Turkey, with a further 400 new recruits soon heading to Italy. As many as 3,000 recruits would be trained in Turkey and another 2,400 would go to Britain, he added.
As part of the press conference, a number of government ministers also listed the achievements of their respective ministries over the last six months. [/restrict]