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Libya Cabinet Talks End Without Deal as Fighters Await Supplies

September 28, 2011

Sept. 28 (Bloomberg) -- Libya’s new rulers ended talks with no agreement on an interim Cabinet, as their fighters halted an offensive on Muammar Qaddafi’s hometown of Sirte to allow civilians to flee and for ammunition to arrive.

Senior members of the National Transitional Council ended negotiations on a new Cabinet in the eastern city of Benghazi yesterday without announcing an agreement.

The formation of the interim Cabinet has been repeatedly postponed since the NTC took Tripoli, the capital, in late August. The council has been working to stabilize the economy and establish authority over factions that rebelled against Qaddafi, including the council in Misrata, the main rebel stronghold in the west during the seven-month conflict that is leading the Sirte operation.

Qaddafi’s forces have held off council fighters, backed by North Atlantic Treaty Organization air strikes, in Sirte and the mountain town of Bani Walid for about a month.

--Editors: Karl Maier, Jennifer M. Freedman

To contact the reporter on this story: Caroline Alexander in London at calexander1@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net.


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