Friday, March 09, 2012

Top Libyan Loyalist Official Gets Niger Goverment Rule

Top Gaddafi official gets Niger govt role — source

Friday, 09 March 2012 00:00

NIAMEY — Niger has given Muammar Gaddafi’s former chief of staff a diplomatic passport and an advisory role in government, sources said yesterday, a move likely to worsen Niger’s fraying relationship with Libya’s new leaders. Bashir Saleh Bashir was one of Gaddafi’s top aides who also ran Libya’s investment fund for the ousted leader.

He was given the passport in late December after being named a Niger presidential advisor, two top police officials told Reuters.
“A diplomatic passport was issued to Bashir Saleh Bashir, who was named adviser to the presidency,” one of the police officials said, asking not to be named.

Niger’s bi-weekly L’Evenement said the passport stated Saleh was born in Niger’s northern town of Agadez in 1946. A Niger government spokesman was not immediately available for comment. Tensions have risen between Niger and its northern neighbour Libya since rebels toppled Gaddafi’s regime in August. Niger has received nearly 230 000 refugees from Libya, some of whom fought alongside Gaddafi’s forces, and has also granted asylum to Gaddafi's son Saadi. —


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