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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, November 14, 2012 1:32 pm

Libya Cabinet sworn in without 7 ministers

By ESAM MOHAMEDAssociated Press

Libya has a new Cabinet, but seven of its 27 seats are still vacant.

While 20 ministers were sworn in Wednesday, the rest have either run afoul of a requirement banning ties to the deposed regime of Moammar Gadhafi or have other outstanding issues.

Three appointees, including the candidate for interior minister, were rejected by the Authority of National Integrity, an independent body of more than a dozen judges and civil society representatives. Four others, including the nominee for the foreign ministry, are still being vetted.

The new Libyan government faces the daunting task of imposing control over armed groups who defeated Gadhafi's forces during last year's eight-month civil war. The government must also build state institutions such as the police, and military nearly from scratch.