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President of RIT Dubai Named Deputy Prime Minister of Libya

During a time of transition, Libya turns to its people to help the nation grow.

Mustafa Abushagur was appointed deputy prime minister of the National Transitional Council of Libya.  Abushagur is a native of Libya and the president of RIT Dubai. He started his work with RIT in 2002, when he worked as a professor. He helped lead the development of a doctoral program for microsystems engineering. He later founded RIT Dubai in 2008.

Abushagur was appointed to the position by current prime minister Abdurrahim el-Keib. El-Keib assumed the position of prime minister on November 24, 2011, quickly bringing Abushagur along with him. Abushagur plans to spend a minimum of eight months in Libya. He plans to focus on rebuilding the government. During his time as deputy prime minister, he will be helping to lay down the groundwork for a democratic government.

This will be the first time in over 30 years that Abushagur will be in Libya. He was on Libya’s “Most Wanted” list in the past for opposing the efforts of Moammar Gadhafi. Abushagur will be leaving RIT Dubai and heading for Libya on December 1. Luther Troell and James Watters will assume the responsibilities at RIT Dubai during Abushagur absence.

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