Former UAHuntsville Professor Is Libya’s New Prime Minister

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Mustafa Abushagur

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – A former UAHuntsville professor is Libya’s new prime minister.  Mustafa Abushagur was elected on Wednesday after a violent attack on a U.S. Embassy sent Americans and Libyans into mourning.

Abushagur’s daughter, Soumiea Abushagur, graduated from both Grissom High School and UAHuntsville.

She says one of the victims, ambassador Chris Stevens, was a beloved family friend of the Libyans who knew him.  Soumiea Abushagur says Libyans are left trying to make sense of the attacks.

“After last night’s attack, I know most people in Libya were shocked as well, because they have nothing against the U.S.,” said Abushagur.  “This was an attack by a small group of radicals.”

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Soumiea says she texted her father shortly after she heard of the attack.  She says he has been in meetings since the attack, so the country can decide a course of action.

Mustafa Abushagur said Stevens was "a friend of Libya, and we are shocked at the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi."

"I condemn these barbaric acts in the strongest possible terms. This is an attack on America, Libya and free people everywhere," he said on Twitter.

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