Former Eni executive earmarked as Libya’s new oil minister

22 September 2011

Abdul-Rahman bin Yezza is interim PM’s favoured candidate

A former Eni executive is expected to become Libya’s new oil minister.

Abdul-Rahman bin Yezza, who in the past also advised the state-owned National Oil Company (NOC) is in line for the position after being earmarked by interim prime minister Mahmoud Jibril.

Ministerial roles have not been allocated as members of the Transitional National Council could not agree on cabinet members at a meeting held on 18 September. The head of the Oil Ministry was one of the positions that were not agreed upon.

On 21 September Reuters wrote it had gained insight into a document by Jibril that endorses Yezza for the job.

Further discussion on the interim cabinet have been put on hold while fighting between NTC and pro-Gaddafi forces continues around the former dictator’s stronghold of Sirte.

Former oil minister Shokri Ghanem has been ruled out for his close association with Gaddafi, in spite of his deflection at the beginning of the summer.

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