Libya's ex-oil minister criticizes new leaders

By the Associated Press | November 25, 2011 | 6:15 AM EST

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — A senior figure in Libya's outgoing transitional government criticized the country's new leadership, saying it fails to represent the majority of Libyans.

Outgoing oil and finance minister Ali Tarhouni says "the voices that we see now are the voices of the elite."

Tarhouni has been one of the most visible faces of the revolutionary leadership since the ouster of Moammar Gadhafi's regime.

But he says he refused an offer to join Prime Minister Abdurrahim el-Keib's transitional Cabinet because he believes those now in power are not representative and are "supported from the outside by money arms and PR."

The U.S.-educated Tarhouni did not explain further and gave no examples. He made his comments Thursday evening after the new Cabinet was sworn in.