Libya interim government to be announced within days: NTC

BENGHAZI, Libya Fri Sep 23, 2011 6:57am EDT

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BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) - An interim government in Libya will be announced within the next few days and include 22 ministerial portfolios, a spokesman for the North African country's transitional rulers said on Friday.

"We've agreed on a number of portfolios and who would hold the most important ones. There will be 22 portfolios and one vice premier," said Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, a spokesman for the National Transitional Council (NTC). "It would be a compact government, a crisis government."

Discussions in Libya to set up a more inclusive interim government have been unproductive before. It remains unclear whether the NTC, still based in the eastern city of Benghazi, can unify a country split along tribal and regional lines.

(Reporting by Emad Omar; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

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