NC State alumnus named interim prime minister of Libya

November 1, 2011
By Bill Krueger
Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

Photographer: Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images

The new prime minister of Libya used to study at NC State.

Abdurrahim El-Keib earned a doctorate in electrical engineering from NC State in 1984 before going on to teach at the University of Alabama.

El-Keib was named Libya’s interim prime minister after Mahmoud Jibril resigned following Libya’s liberation on Oct. 23, three days after the death of Muammar Qaddafi . El-Keib was elected in a close vote by members of the National Transitional Council, according to an account by Bloomberg. El-Keib is expected to guide Libya to the general elections.

Bloomberg quoted an NTC member speaking on Al Jazeera television: “El-Keib presented his plan for the next eight months to the NTC, which includes working to restore order and stability, rebuilding cities destroyed by Qaddafi, rehabilitating the rebels and starting to collect their weapons.”

Reuters reported that El-Keib paid tribute after he was named prime minister to the sacrifices Libyans had made to rid their country of Qaddafi.

“We salute and remember the revolutionaries who we will never forget,” El-Keib  said. “We will not forget their families. We guarantee that we are building a nation that respects human rights, but we need time.”

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