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Libya liberated - officially

2011-10-23 17:11

Benghazi - Libya declared the liberation of the nation on Sunday after 42 years of one-man rule by Muammar Gaddafi came to an end with his capture and death last week, setting the North African state on course for a transition towards democracy.

"We declare to the whole world that we have liberated our beloved country, with its cities, villages, hill-tops, mountains, deserts and skies," said an official who opened the ceremony in Benghazi, the place where the uprising erupted in February and which has been the headquarters for the National Transitional Council (NTC).

Salah el Ghazal, another offical who addressed the tens of thousands of people gathered for the celebrations, said that Libya was blessed with Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the head of the NTC.

"God has blessed us with the Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who deserves to be the man of the hour," said Ghazal, who is a local official of the NTC.

Crowds listening to Libyan music and waving the tri-colour flag cheered. Ghazal paid tributes to all those who died, and referred to the "humiliating" death of Gaddafi.

"This is the humilitaing end that God wanted to set as example for anyone who practices the worst forms of injustice... against their people," Ghazal said.

Gaddafi, who vowed to fight to the end, was found hiding in a drain after fleeing Sirte, the last bastion of his loyalists. He died in chaotic circumstances after video footage showed him bloodied and struggling at the hands of his captors.

Comments
  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-23 17:33

    With 50 000 dead or missing from this conflict, Libyans have all the right to celebrate their freedom or revolution depending on what people prefer to call it. Above all i remain unconviced about the future direction of this country. The tribal divisions are just too big to bridge, what about the thousands of armed men currently roaming Libya?

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 17:41

      The sad reality is these weapons and surface to air missiles are going to find their way to various parts of the Globe and be utilized against the very people who approve, support and gloat about Gaddaffi's death. Gaddafi is by and large just like the past Presidents of South Africa from the National Party. They actively supported repression of their own people and destabilzation of other countries. The chickens are going to come home to roost.....and there is little that the USA or NATO can do to stop it. Welcome to HARD REALITY!

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 18:07

      Getik, drop it man. We live for the future.

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 18:12

      Well with all that weaponry now for sale it may be quite a horrible future. The future you live for....may not be the reality that comes from removing and killing Gaddaffi.

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 18:16

      Getik, you keep on posting about the NATS presidents, they long gone bru. Whats your point?

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 18:20

      @ma gat....It's good to point out the similarities between people like Botha and Gaddaffi. So the "laager mentality" understands that they use to vote for people like Gaddaffi at one time.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-23 18:41

      NTC just declared Libya a free Islamic Republic, Men are now allowed to marry morethan one woman, i thought these guys were moving foward to the future not backwards. Mistrata rebels ar refusing to release Gaddafi s body from the shopping centre freezer, why?

      marco.tomaso - 2011-10-23 20:03

      Was Gaddafi Africa's latest "Big Man" to fall? Why do Western Nations push so very hard for most other countries that haven't as yet to embrace DEMOCRACY and to do so immediately? Is it democracy's OPENNESS and HONESTY that makes Western Powers so selfwilled in forcing others to take it on board?Is Democracy the only good MODEL for governance? A dwindling band of socalled strongarm rulers who are finding it ever so hard to keep their grip on power.Here goes: 1.Gaddafi(Old Fuzzhead)Africa's longest serving rulers with 42 years of autocratic and often bloody and eccentric power. 2.President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the tiny Central African oil-producing Equatorial Guinea on 32 years in power. 2.Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola also 32 years in power. 3.Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe 31 years in power. 4.Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso 24 years in power. 5.Paul Biya of Cameroon 29 years in power. Over half of Africa's 1billion population are under the age of 25 years old so you do wonder why do Africans allow these really old men,who are way away in their 70's and beyond already,to continue ruling their respective countries for so long?The problem lies with not having viable opposition parties like even in South Africa where you have one party rule for 17 years with nobody putting up any real challenge on issues of the nation.It sums it up really.

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 20:14

      The sad reality is that as long as these "strong men" do not endanger or mess with Western investments in their countries...the West see no need to enforce democracy nor in the rule of "strong men". They are not interested in true democracy but in OIL. Take for example the decision of the USA to immediately despatch 100 Combat ready American soldiers to assist Uganda in their problems with the Lord Resistance Army(LRA). This decision was informed by the fact that Uganda is FLOATING ON OIL....wherever a drill is put down it becomes a GUSHER. The West is always SELF SERVING in terms of insisting for the implementation of democracy.

  • Gammat - 2011-10-23 17:41

    Ah ha! From a dictatorship to a one party Muslim radicalism state.Nice democracy (pun intended)

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 18:15

      Gammat, drop it man. We live for a future without Muslim radicalism.

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 18:16

      Hehe, ok you win GT :)

  • planetdonovan - 2011-10-23 17:55

    sharia law != liberty

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 18:09

      Shame, no woman's rights there. I watched the celebrations on telly and didn't see any Libyan woman participating. Sharia law is not democracy or liberation.

  • Karoo - 2011-10-23 18:06

    "This is the humilitaing end that God wanted to set as example for anyone who practices the worst forms of injustice... against their people," Ghazal said. LET THIS BE A WARNING TO THE OTHER DICTATORS IN AFRICA!!

  • Kevin - 2011-10-23 18:11

    we are glad that the libyans are free after 42 years

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 18:12

      Are they really?

      Barry - 2011-10-23 18:33

      @Kevin. I think we will find that they had a lot more freedom under Gaddafi than what they will have in the future. Look at anywhere else where the USA have shown it face. Disaster !!

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 18:42

      @Barry...Wise words indeed.

  • tatjana.dimitrijevic - 2011-10-23 18:14

    The NTC has no legitimacy because it hasn't been nominated or appointed by the people. How did it get its legitimacy?

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 22:16

      Who RU

  • Juan - 2011-10-23 19:04

    Best wishes for Libya. After all the suffering and death I sincerely hope that all Libyans will now embrace true democracy, freedom and prosperity.

      cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-23 19:11

      Did you see they will be ruled by Sharia?

      Juan - 2011-10-23 19:35

      No, the word is that an interim government will put in place and elections are to take place in 8 months time. I hope they didn't kill in order to choose to swop one opressor for another. Time will tell

  • Mtizozo - 2011-10-23 19:21

    How can it be, Gaddafi's body is not berried yet and no one knows where it is, it's still not released,

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-23 19:39

    Was Gaddafi Africa's latest "Big Man" to fall? Why do Western Nations push so very hard for most other countries that haven't as yet to embrace DEMOCRACY to so immediately? Is it democracy's OPENNESS and HONESTY that makes Western Powers so selfwilled in forcing others to take it on board?Is Democracy the only good MODEL for governance? A dwindling band of socalled strongarm rulers who are finding it ever so hard to keep their grip on power.Here goes: 1.Gaddafi(Old Fuzzhead)Africa's longest serving rulers with 42 years of autocratic and often bloody and eccentric power. 2.President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of the tiny Central African oil-producing Equatorial Guinea on 32 years in power. 2.Jose Eduardo dos Santos of Angola also 32 years in power. 3.Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe 31 years in power. 4.Blaise Compaore of Burkina Faso 24 years in power. 5.Paul Biya of Cameroon 29 years in power. Over half of Africa's 1billion population are under the age of 25 years old so you do wonder why do Africans allow these really old men,who are way away in their 70's and beyond already,to continue ruling their respective countries for so long?The problem lies with not having viable opposition parties like even in South Africa where you have one party rule for 17 years with nobody putting up any real challenge on issues of the nation.It sums it up really.

      Getitok - 2011-10-23 19:55

      The sad reality is that as long as these "strong men" do not endanger or mess with Western investments in their countries...the West see no need to enforce democracy nor in the rule of "strong men". They are not interested in true democracy but in OIL. Take for example the decision of the USA to immediately despatch 100 Combat ready American soldiers to assist Uganda in their problems with the Lord Resistance Army(LRA). This decision was informed by the fact that Uganda is FLOATING ON OIL....wherever a drill is put down it becomes a GUSHER. The West is always SELF SERVING in terms of insisting for the implementation of democracy.

      Gammat - 2011-10-23 21:48

      Getik, I'm starting to like what you're saying.

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