Ex-Libya Prime Minister Jibril dies from coronavirus

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Mahmoud Jibril, the former head of the Libyan rebel government that overthrew longtime ruler Muammar Gaddafi during the 2011 revolution has died after contracting the coronavirus.

Khaled al-Mrimi, secretary of the National Forces Alliance, founded by Jibril in 2012 said the 68-year-old ex-premier died on Sunday in Cairo where he had been hospitalised for two weeks.

He had been admitted to the Ganzouri Specialized Hospital in Cairo on March 21 after suffering from cardiac arrest and three days later tested positive for coronavirus, hospital director Hisham Wagdy said.

Wagdy added that he was in and out of consciousness during his time in the hospital’s intensive care unit, where he had been quarantined since his admission.

Jibril headed the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), the interim government during the NATO-backed rebellion that toppled and killed Gaddafi.

He was the interim leader until the country held its first free elections in four decades in 2012.

Before Jibril’s death, Libya’s internationally recognised government in Tripoli had confirmed 18 coronavirus cases in the country and one death.




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