Libya Leadership Pledges
October 24, 2011 by staff
Libya Leadership Pledges, The new leaders of Libya, the Transitional National Council (TNC), officially declared the country free from 42 years of Muammar Gaddafi’s regime on Sunday, just days after the death of the ousted despot.
The announcement was made in the eastern coastal city of Benghazi, the headquarters of the resistance to the dictatorship of Gaddafi that began in February.
“Lift your head up. You are a free country of Libya,” said Vice President Abdel Hafiz Ghoga CNC to the crowd of tens of thousands, echoed his words in unison, in a ceremony at the Plaza de Kish of the city.
“We are entering a new phase, which calls for greater responsibility of us all. Long live the revolution of May. Long live May Libya,” said Ghoga, according to AFP.
TNC’s interim president and leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil Libya said the legislation would keep the new Libyan Islamic sharia law in his speech to the cheering crowd.
“As an Islamic country, we have adopted the Sharia as the principal Act” was quoted by AFP. “Any law that violates Sharia law is void and without legal effect.”
Khalil thanked NATO for its support of anti-Qaddafi revolt and paid tribute to the fallen in the struggle against the old regime.
“All the martyrs, civilian and military, were waiting for this moment to join this celebration, but now are in the best place in the sky,” he said.
The announcement of the release, which will be acting in Libya, Mahmoud Jibril first stage after seven months in power, was put in place a plan for a new government and the constituent assembly, leading to full democracy in 2013.
The declaration of release received praise from world leaders, including the U.S. President Barack Obama, who praised “a new era of promise” for the country.
But he tempered his congratulations with a call for new leadership of Libya to ensure peaceful and democratic political transition.
“We look forward to working with the CNC and authorized a transitional government while preparing for the first free and fair elections in the country,” the president said.
“The Libyan authorities must continue to meet its commitments to respect human rights, starting a process of national reconciliation, weapons and hazardous materials safety, and to bring armed groups under a unified leadership of civilians,” said Obama, promised U.S. support as the CNC takes these steps.
The new dawn was spotted, however, by continuing questions about the nature of the death of Qaddafi, with the results of an autopsy to confirm Sunday that was shot in the head, Sky News reported.
Libyan Chief Medical Examiner, Dr. Othman al Zintani confirmed doctors had finished examining the body of the former leader of Libya – which has been stored on the screen as a macabre tourist attraction since his death Misrata Thursday – but did not reveal more details.
There has been an international alarm that the deposed dictator was killed apparently by his captors in a frenzy after he was captured alive while fleeing his home town of Sirte.
A video circulating on the Internet shows a crowd gathering around a man who said he fired the fatal bullet. This contradicts the claims of the provisional leadership of transnational corporations that Gaddafi was fatally wounded in a shootout during transport to hospital.
Speaking on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she was “very pleased” that the NCC has called for an investigation into the death of Qaddafi.
“I fully support that, because I think the new Libya needs to start with accountability, rule of law, a sense of unity and reconciliation to build an inclusive democracy,” he said.
When asked about his “gut reaction” to the images of Gaddafi’s bloody body, Clinton said that “nobody wants to see any human being in that condition.”
“However, I know what a great relief to millions of Libyans was that the past is over and now they can move into a different future, without fear and intimidation,” he said.
Before Sunday’s declaration of liberation, it was learned that the interim government reached a deal with Gaddafi’s extended family to give his body, according to Sky News.
TNC foreign affairs spokesman, Ahmed Jibril said the transfer may be imminent, although he admitted he was not yet decided where the tyrant will be buried. According to Islamic tradition, the deceased must be buried within 24 hours.
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