Suliman el-Sahli

Position: Education Minister, Libya

Biography: Suliman el-Sahli was appointed the NTC’s Education Minister in March and retained the position during the reshuffle in August. Little is known about El-Sahli who, prior to the civil war, was a Benghazi-based businessman and member of the city council.

He pushed for the country’s schools and universities to be reopened in September, so as not to disrupt students’ education. This was despite the lack of teaching materials and the need to retrain teachers who, under the deposed regime, had to follow a curriculum that was based on the teachings of Muammar Gaddafi’s Green Book.

El-Sahli said that the rebels would not embark upon a wholesale purge of people in the Gaddafi administration unless they were very close to the ex-leader. Prior to the appointment of Abdel Rahim al-Keib as Prime Minister, many said that he could be a candidate.

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