Mustafa Abdel Jalil (left), chairperson of the Libyan National Transitional Council, shakes hands with a visitor after his surgery at Benghazi hospital in Benghazi.

Benghazi - Libya's interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil said on Sunday that he had undergone a hernia operation and a doctor at the hospital where he was treated said he was recovering well.

“The doctors here agreed on what the doctors in Tripoli said - for an operation for this hernia,” the chairperson of the ruling National Transitional Council, looking tired and wearing a dressing gown, told reporters at the Benghazi hospital.

“I had this operation, it took around an hour. My health situation is excellent. I don't have any other health problems. I would like to assure people that my general health is very good and I will go to work after a rest.”

Abdel Jalil said he had the operation on Saturday night.

“His health situation is very good. We carried out some tests and everything is okay,” said Fathi Al-Jihani, a doctor at Benghazi Medical Centre.

“He is getting better and will be out in two days.”

Abdel Jalil was born in 1952. He served as justice minister under Muammar Gaddafi, but resigned early last year and joined the revolt against the Libyan leader. - Reuters