Former UAHuntsville professor chosen as Prime Minister of Libya

Dr. Mustafa Abushagur (Source: Twitter)
Dr. Mustafa Abushagur (Source: Twitter)

HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Dr. Mustafa Abushagur, a former UAHuntsville professor, was chosen by parliament as the new Prime Minister of Libya Wednesday.

Dr. Abushagur defeated Mahmoud Jibril by 96 votes out of 190 total

This news comes after the war-torn country faces riff following the death of U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his staff members. All were killed in an attack Tuesday night by a group of protesters at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

Dr. Abushagur wrote the following message on his Facebook page about Stevens:

"Ambassador Chris Stevens was a dear friend of mine, and of Libya, and played a key role in helping our revolution. He was in Benghazi throughout the revolution and was very instrumental in its support. The men and women serving at the United States Consulate were allies in our shared fight for freedom and democracy. I am shocked at the attacks on the United States Consulate in Benghazi. I condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms. This is an attack on America, Libya and free people everywhere.

There is never any justification for this type of action. There must and will be consequences. Those who were involved at all levels must be found and punished. These actions run counter to the very foundations of free Libya, of democracy, and of Islam. They are reprehensible.

Our revolution is not complete simply because Gaddafi is gone. Our revolution will be complete when our state institutions are strong, when heavy arms are in the hands of only the government and when our streets are safe to all - both to Libyans and to our honored guests. The government cannot do this alone - I call on all true Libyans to hand in their weapons, and to work together to make a better Libya for all. Our shared security is the bedrock of our freedom. This kind of shameful behavior - mobs using force on their own accord - cannot happen again, no matter the target or motivation.

My deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those unjustly lost last night, and to all Americans."

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