Rebel Libyan finance head seeking line of credit

AP News
Posted: May 10, 2011 2:31 PM
Rebel Libyan finance head seeking line of credit

A University of Washington economics lecturer who now handles finances for the Libyan rebel government says he's meeting with U.S. officials in Washington, D.C., to find a line of credit for the group opposed to Moammar Gadhafi.

Ali Tarhouni told The Seattle Times that the rebel government would be backed by assets in Libya, but those are currently frozen by the United States and other countries.

The 60-year-old taught microeconomics until March, when he returned to his native Libya to act as finance minister for the opposition's National Transitional Council.

He says he's certain Gadhafi will be killed or forced from the government because he has lost legitimacy in Libya, the Arab and Muslim world and other countries.

Tarhouni's wife and four children have remained in Washington state.


Information from: The Seattle Times,