SABHA -- Provisional authority officials in Libya say their forces have taken control of most of the city of Sabha - one of the last strongholds of Muammar Gaddafi.
As provisional authority forces struggle to oust Gaddafi loyalists from the towns of Bani Walid and Sirte, Libya's interim prime minister says his administration is working to form a new government.
Mahmoud Jibril told reporters Tuesday in New York the move will come within the next seven to 10 days. He said the NTC is finalizing decisions on the exact number of ministries and whether they would all be located in the capital, Tripoli, or divided between eastern and western Libya.
The NTC was based in the eastern stronghold of Benghazi during most of the country's ongoing civil war.
Libya's new flag flew at the UN Tuesday for the first time since the former leader’s ouster. UN Chief Ban Ki-moon welcomed the country's new leaders into the international community, saying the Security Council acted to protect the Libyan people from violence.
U.S. President Barack Obama, also in New York for the General Assembly, said his administration will support Libya as its government works to build a "free, democratic and prosperous" future. He said Libya will have a "friend and partner" to assist its citizens as they transition to democracy.
Earlier Tuesday, the 54-member African Union officially recognized the NTC and announced its support in building an inclusive government in Libya. The AU had been reluctant to recognize the provisional authority because some AU nations had close ties to Gaddafi.