Former Libya Prime Minister Dies of Coronavirus

Former Libya PM Mahmoud Jibril
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Former Libya prime minister, Mahmoud Jibril, dies of the coronavirus. Mahmoud Jibril was the head of the Libyan rebel government. His government overthrew the long term dictator, Muammar Gaddafi in 2011. His death was announced by his party.

The 68-year-old died in Cairo on Sunday. For two weeks he had been admitted to the hospital. This information was stated by the secretary of the National Forces Alliance, Khaled al – Mrimi. This alliance was founded in 2012 by Mahmoud Jibril.

Former Libya prime minister hospitalized.

Mahmoud was hospitalized at the Ganzouri Specialized Hospital in Cairo on March 21. This came after he had a heart attack. Three days later when he was tested for the coronavirus, he came out positive, said hospital director Hisham Wagdy.

 “He started … recovering the day before yesterday but then he began deteriorating again,” Wagdy told the AFP news agency, confirming that Jibril died at 2 pm local time.

Mahmoud spent ten days in isolation which is a requirement for patients who test positive for the novel coronavirus. The day before yesterday, he started recovering but soon after he began getting worse again, Wagdy added.

His years in ruling

In his recent years, he had mainly lived in Egypt after losing power. He was a former technocrat during Gaddafi’s rule. However, he was later suspended following the passing of the law which banned officials from public office in 2012.

He was an economic advisor during the rule of Gaddafi in its last years. Later, in 2011 he joined the revolution serving for a short term as the principal. Mahmoud was the leader of the rebel National Transitional Council (NTC). This was the government that took over after the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Three days later after Gaddafi was caught and executed, Mahmoud resigned. this was at the time the NTC fighters had overrun his hometown in 2011, October 20.

At the beginning of the Libyan revolt, Jibril made a few tours abroad to revitalize European and US backing for the protestors against Gaddafi. He was the acting leader until the nation held its first free elections in 40 years in 2012.

Mahmoud Jibril took part in elections

Jibril took part in the elections and his party won the vote. however, they failed to secure a majority in parliament, which picked an independent aspirant to be prime minister. Jibril left Libya to live overseas during the violence that broke out in the following years.

Libya’s internationally renowned government in Tripoli had established 18 coronavirus cases in the state and one loss before Jibril’s death. The hospital director Wagdy said that Mahmoud was in and out of consciousness in the ICU. He was quarantined therefrom admission.

He was even ready to be discharged but then his condition deteriorated, leading to his demise. Libya, presently isolated between an UN-perceived government situated in Tripoli and an opponent organization in the nation’s east, reported its first demise from coronavirus prior this week.

Health specialists said an 85-year-elderly female was affirmed to have had COVID-19 on assessment after her passing, without giving further subtleties.

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