Abdel Rahim al-Keib
Position: Interim Prime Minister, Libya
Biography: Elected as prime minister in late October, after predecessor Mahmoud Jibril followed through on his promise to step down, Abdel Rahim al-Keib won more than half the 51 votes in the National Transitional Council (NTC) to take up the position.
He saw off competition from three other candidates and has said he would make respect for human rights a priority. Al-Keib must also try to quickly disarm a nation now awash with weapons. During the civil war, he helped to fund the NTC. Al-Keib’s firm, International Company for Energy & Technology was founded in Libya in 2005. Born in Tripoli in 1950, he is a US-trained electrical engineer.
Al-Keib taught at the University of Alabama in the US during the 1980s and later moved to the UAE, where he was director of electrical, electronics and computer engineering at the American University of Sharjah.
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