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Interim leader finally arrives in capital

The interim Libyan prime minister finally arrived in Tripoli on last night, following complaints that he was too busy travelling the world to lead his own revolution.

Mahmoud Jibril landed at Matiga airbase in the east of the city and met local officials, more than two weeks after the fall of the capital to rebel forces.

Diplomats and members of Mr Jibril's own Transitional National Council questioned his absence. "He should have been here on the first day," said one NTC member. "He is the head of the team."

A senior Western diplomat also said Mr Jibril's decision to spend so much time abroad was a "mystery".

In recent weeks he has been in Paris for a meeting of western donors to Libya, Qatar, and Malta.

"In Paris it was made very clear to Mr Jibril the importance attached to the presence and activity of the NTC here in Tripoli," the diplomat said.

There have been fears that without a visible presence of leadership a power vacuum will give way to squabbling among competing factions for control. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Irish Independent