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Ex-head of Libya's anti-Qadhafi revolt dies of coronavirus

Mahmud Jibril, the former head of the Libyan rebel government that overthrew dictator Muammar Qadhafi in 2011, died Sunday of the coronavirus, his party said.

April 06, 2020

Mahmud Jibril, the former head of the Libyan rebel government that overthrew dictator Muammar Qadhafi in 2011, died Sunday of the coronavirus, his party said.
Jibril, 68, died in Cairo where he had been hospitalised for two weeks, said Khaled al-Mrimi, secretary of the Alliance of National Forces party founded by Jibril in 2012.
He had been admitted to the Ganzouri Specialised Hospital in Cairo on March 21 after suffering from cardiac arrest and three days later tested positive for coronavirus, hospital director Hisham Wagdy said.
"He started... recovering the day before yesterday but then he began deteriorating again", Wagdy told AFP in Cairo, confirming that Jibril died at 2:00 pm. Jibril headed the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC), the interim government during the NATO-backed rebellion that toppled and killed Kadhafi.
He had been an economic advisor to the Kadhafi regime in its final years, before joining the revolution in 2011 and briefly serving as premier.
Jibril resigned three days after Kadhafi was captured and killed when NTC fighters overran his hometown Sirte on October 20, 2011.
In the early days of the Libyan uprising, Jibril made several trips abroad to rally European and US support for the rebels against Kadhafi.
In 2012, after the veteran leader was ousted and killed, Jibril stood in the country's first ever democratic elections and his party won the vote but failed to clinch a majority in parliament which chose an independent candidate to become prime minister.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2020