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HoR to choose new intelligence chief

The National Security Committee of the House of Representatives (HoR) is to decide next week on a new head of Libyan intelligence.

According to Saleh Hashem, one of the HoR members for Tobruk, there are seven candidates for the post and they come from across the country.

One of the candidates, he said, was former Interior Minister Ashour Shuwail. However, there were two other leading contenders for the job.

“The most powerful CVs that have come to us from the seven interms of experience in in the work of the General Intelligence are Abdullah Drissi and Mustafa Almaqran,” he said.

He did not mention any other names.

The head of intelligence is one of the “most important and the most prominent positions in the country”, Hashem said, adding that making the choice next week was a “very positive step”.

There is no meeting of the HoR this week because several of its members, including the president and deputy president, are out of the country. The next full session will be on Monday, 6 April – which means that any decision on the proposals from the UN-brokered Dialogue talks cannot take place till then at the earliest. It had been suggested by participants in the dialogue that the talks would resume on 5 April.

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