UPDATE 1-Libya appoints new foreign minister

Tue Apr 5, 2011 10:12pm GMT

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TRIPOLI, April 5 (Reuters) - The Libyan government has appointed Abdelati Obeidi as its new foreign minister, a senior government official said on Tuesday.

Obeidi, who had served as deputy foreign minister, has been on a foreign tour to discuss solutions to Libya's crisis. Asked if he had been promoted to the top ministry job, another deputy foreign minister, Khaled Kaim, said: "Yes, he has."

Obeidi replaces Moussa Koussa, once one of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's closest advisers and a former spy chief, who defected and flew to Britain last week. (Reporting by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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