Libya PM says expects to step down Saturday

Updated: 2011-10-22 20:20


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Libya PM says expects to step down Saturday
Libya's de facto Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Mahmoud Jibril gestures at a news conference in New York in this September 23, 2011 file photo. [Photo/Agencies]

DEAD SEA, Jordan - Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril said he expected to step down on Saturday, a move he had planned to make once his government took full control of the country.

Muammar Gadhafi was killed on Thursday when government forces overran his last stronghold Sirte. The government was expected to formally declare the country "liberated" on Sunday.

Asked at the World Economic Forum in Jordan to say when he expected to stand down, Jibril told Reuters: "Today, today".

He warned Libya's next government not to allow politics to influence the award of oil contracts, saying: "I can advise the coming interim government that the economic rule should be the rule. It's very dangerous to have contracts based on politics."