LIBYA: Rebel leaders say transition 'begins immediately'
"They allowed Tripoli to be liberated, and for that help they are in our hearts," he said.
Spokesmen for the new government said it did not matter that Moammar Kadafi had yet to be located late Tuesday.
"It doesn't matter," Mahmoud Shammam, the rebels' information minister, told CNN, adding that rebel forces controlled 90% of the country.
"In a few hours, maximum a few days, we have a new Libya, a new, liberated Libya," Shammam said.
He told CNN that fighting Tuesday was not confined to Tripoli, but raged in several cities "in three or four fronts."
Work was underway to move the rebels' base from Benghazi to Tripoli, Shammam said.
"Half of the government will be in Tripoli tomorrow morning," he told CNN, including the ministries of oil, communications, interior, defense and health.
"We need to provide ourselves with a lot of necessities and we cannot do this without money," Shammam said.
The rebel government gained legitimacy Tuesday as a number of holdout governments and coalitions recognized it, including Egypt and the Arab League. Jibril is expected to meet with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in Milan on Thursday.
However, some are questioning whether Jibril and other rebel leaders can maintain control over their forces, particularly the more than 40 private militias, or katiba. There is also the question of how rebel leaders will deal with Kadafi's tribe and supporters such as the Warfalla. They have drawn criticism for quickly drafting and releasing a draft interim constitution last week without more consultations, and although a U.S. State department spokeswoman said Western officials plan to help with constitution writing, it remains unclear how receptive Libya's new leaders will be to outside help.
-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Photo: Mahmoud Jibril at a news conference in Doha, Qatar, on Tuesday, hours after rebel forces overran Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi's fortified Bab Azizia headquarters in Tripoli. Credit: Karim Jaafar / AFP/Getty Images