1. Post #1
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    [TABLE][TR][TD]https://twitter.com/ShababLibya/stat...74851997794304
    Final Count- #Abushagur-96 and #Jibril-94.
    Dr Mustafa Abushagur is the new Prime Minister of Libya, the first PM to be appointed by the democratically elected General National Congress after it took power last month. He is a liberal, and replaces Abdurrahim el-Keib who was the caretaker Prime Minister leftover by the National Transitional Council after they handed over power in August.

    The vote just happened so no article yet. He beat Mahmoud Jibril, leader of the liberal National Forces Alliance and wartime interim Prime Minister by 2 votes. The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate was defeated in the first round, receiving 41 votes to Abushagur's 55 and Jibril's 86. Abushagur had been the liberals' preferred candidate, until Jibril made a surprise late entry into the race.

    Abushagur's government will run Libya for about 18 months, while a constituent assembly works on Libya's permanent constitution. Once the constitution passes a referendum, general elections will be held and Libya's political reconstruction will be largely complete. Congress will spend the coming days appointing Abushagur's cabinet ministers, after which the constituent assembly will presumably be their next priority.[/TD][TD][/TD][/TR][/TABLE]

    His Wikipedia article

    http://www.libyaherald.com/?p=13899

    Libya Herald posted:
    Born in 1951 in Suq Al-Juma, now a suburb of Tripoli but then a village well outside the capital, he moved with his family to Ghariyan as a child and then returned to Suq AL-Juma for schooling. He went on to the University of Tripoli to study electrical engineering.

    In 1975, he moved to the US to study at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) for his MSc and then a PhD which he gained in 1984. Refusing to return to the Libya of Muammar Gaddafi ó he soon became involved in Libyan student opposition politics in the US ó he became an academic, first at University of Rochester in 1984 then in 1985 at the University of Alabama in Huntsville where ten years later he became the Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. There he made his mark as a world-class optical engineer. It resulted in his working for NASA on the US space programme, the US National Science Foundation, the Federal Aviation Authority and the Department of Defense. Later he established two optical companies and the PhD Program in Microsystems Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He set up and became president of RITís campus in Dubai in 2008. He has written extensively of optics, including some 100 academic papers.

    After an absence of 31 years, he returned to Libya in May 2011, to Benghazi where he became an adviser to the NTC. He was appointed Deputy Prime Minister last November.
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    Yes! An informed, logical-minded person in power. Miracles do happen in politics.
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    Phew. I actually have high hopes for this guy.
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    Yes! An informed, logical-minded person in power. Miracles do happen in politics.
    He'll just get gunned down if he tries anything funny.
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    Holy shit, this whole Libya mess has resolved itself really well. It's great to see.
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    September 2008
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    Hopefully he gets up to date on the current state of his country in his long absence but with his list of achievements I have no doubt he'll be able to catch up quickly and effienctly to boot.

  7. Post #7
    Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar! Allah Akbar!
    JerryK's Avatar
    April 2006
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    give him 2 days until he's assassinated?
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  8. Post #8
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    This guy was my favourite for the position, but I thought Jibril would be great too. I tuned into the voting, and found it on the second round with only him and Jibril left in. Fuck yeah, I said

  9. Post #9
    Fight for justice, fight for Manning and Snowden.
    Persious's Avatar
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    Amazing. I hope for everyone that Libya will get into a good stage.
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    June 2008
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    Now to see if he's up to the difficult task ahead.

  11. Post #11
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    Hope he's politically minded and not afraid to use a strong hand. A post-Revolution nation is a bitch to handle, historically.

    Best of luck to the Libyan people, and may they be gifted with a better nation than any we've got now.
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    I had a thread prepared for each of the three frontrunners, I'm glad I didn't have to post the Muslim Brotherhood one
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    This is some of the most optimistic news I've heard in months.

  14. Post #14
    What's brevity?
    ironman17's Avatar
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    Personally I didn't think they'd put a world-class electrician in charge, but at least this probably means better Libyan electrical infrastructure somewhere down the line.
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    He'll just get gunned down if he tries anything funny.
    I think if he'll do the right thing in our eyes, but it would be bad in others.

    I'm trying to recall several occasions in history where an educated man like this heads a new power only to be replaced by someone more fanatical. All I can recall close is china's nationalist party.

    I hope the best and his cabinet have a good understand of history so they don't repeat the mistakes of the past.

  16. Post #16
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    Personally I didn't think they'd put a world-class electrician in charge, but at least this probably means better Libyan electrical infrastructure somewhere down the line.
    Electrical engineer does not equal electrician.

    Edited:

    (Or does it? I'll get back to you on that.)

  17. Post #17
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    Electrical engineer does not equal electrician.

    Edited:

    (Or does it? I'll get back to you on that.)

    no, but there skills can overlap.

  18. Post #18
    Really, really, really, really likes parrots and water caustics. Also, hates titles.
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    Personally I didn't think they'd put a world-class electrician in charge, but at least this probably means better Libyan electrical infrastructure somewhere down the line.
    ahmadinejad has a ph. d in transportation engineering ;)
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    November 2006
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    I get a good vibe when I see that picture of him, he seems like a very nice guy. Am I the only one getting that?
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    What's brevity?
    ironman17's Avatar
    June 2006
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    Neat; here's hoping they get good trains both for public transit and freight transport. That'd probably do wonders for the country's infrastructure, as good train networks usually do.

  21. Post #21
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    Personally I think there is a conspiracy by the electrical industry going on here. The Muslim Brotherhood's candidate Awad Barasi is also an electrical engineer, and the previous PM was an electrical engineer too.
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    They lack the same facial structure and eyes but besides that...
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  23. Post #23
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    This reminds me of the time Neil Degrasse Tyson was talking about what was wrong in Congress and the occupations of people in office: "Law, law, law, law, businessman, law. Where are the engineers? Where is the rest of life represented?"

    It's interesting to actually see an engineer take office. I'm curious as to how this will pan out.

  24. Post #24
    but a substantial number of islamic extremists are engineers

    (i'm not even making this up)
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    but a substantial number of islamic extremists are engineers

    (i'm not even making this up)
    Yeah.
    http://rationalwiki.org/wiki/Enginee..._woo#Terrorism
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    but a substantial number of islamic extremists are engineers

    (i'm not even making this up)
    We're planning on building Allahbots to take over the Western world.

    Edited:

    Regardless of his education, I still wish the best for Libya.
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    And then extremists try or will wreck his shit sadly. Unless Libya is very civilized.

  28. Post #28
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    I can't wait until the Libyan Space Agency leaves the rest of the world in the dust
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  29. Post #29
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    It's not an exact science, but the fact that Barasi got chucked out in the first round seems to prove that the Muslim Brotherhood is greatly outnumbered in Congress. 120 of the 200 members are independents with no official party affiliation, so it's been a little hard to tell, but this is a fairly good indicator I think.

  30. Post #30
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    I had a thread prepared for each of the three frontrunners, I'm glad I didn't have to post the Muslim Brotherhood one
    I feel this is the good ending to an RTS or something

  31. Post #31
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    I feel this is the good ending to an RTS or something
    I dunno man, feels like Mass Effect 3
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    This guy was a former professor at my college!
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  33. Post #33
    No such thing as overkill.
    catbarf's Avatar
    January 2007
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    This guy was a former professor at my college!
    I just came in here to say the same thing. There sure are a lot of RIT students on this forum.

    Also turns out he wasn't just a professor, he was also the president of RIT's Dubai campus. The guy's definitely made some serious upward movement in his career.

  34. Post #34
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    I just came in here to say the same thing. There sure are a lot of RIT students on this forum.

    Also turns out he wasn't just a professor, he was also the president of RIT's Dubai campus. The guy's definitely made some serious upward movement in his career.
    I actually go to University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor here for 17 years.

  35. Post #35
    I once worked at a sperm bank, the food was terrible
    The Baconator's Avatar
    April 2011
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    but Fox News told me that Libyans only want radical Muslim extremists who hate America as their government representatives!

  36. Post #36
    No such thing as overkill.
    catbarf's Avatar
    January 2007
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    I actually go to University of Alabama in Huntsville. He was an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor here for 17 years.
    Oh, whoops. Dude gets around, I guess.