Libyan PM looks to broaden support with cabinet reshuffle.


Libya’s UN-backed Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj changed the interior minister and reshuffled other cabinet posts on Sunday in a move seen as a bid to broaden his support nationwide and bolster security in the capital after weeks of clashes.
Tripoli has been hit by fighting between rival armed groups competing over access to public funds and power, part of chaos in Libya since the toppling of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
The violence started when some factions based outside the capital attacked four factions linked to the Tripoli government in late August.
The United Nations has been trying to impose a ceasefire by calling for a broader security arrangement.
In the reshuffle, al-Serraj appointed Fathi Ali Bashagha as interior minister. He comes from the western city of Misrata and is close to its armed groups, some of which took part in the Tripoli clashes.
The government also named a new economy and industry minister, Ali Abdulaziz Issawi, who comes from Benghazi in eastern Libya, home to a rival administration. Issawi is a veteran figure from the rebels who toppled Gaddafi.
Al-Serraj’s spokesperson Mohamed al-Salak told the Reuters news agency in a brief phone message that the changes were made “in the context of promoting economic and security reforms.” He did not elaborate.

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