October 24th, 2011
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Libya a new era of promise: Obama

Barack Obama Washington: Welcoming a “new era of promise”  President Barack Obama said,“After four decades of brutal dictatorship and eight months of deadly conflict, the Libyan people can now celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise.” He also urged its new leaders to turn their attention to the political transition ahead.

The leader of Libya’s transitional government, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, declared the country liberated Sunday, three days after the capture and death of dictator Muammar Qadhafi. Mr Obama said the US looks forward to working with officials as they prepare for free and fair elections. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she supported calls for an investigation into Qadhafi’s death as part of Libya’s transition from dictatorship to democracy. Ms Clinton told NBC television’s “Meet the Press” in an interview aired Sunday that she backs a proposal for the United Nations to investigate Qadhafi’s death and for Libya’s Transitional National Council to look into the circumstances.

Ms. Clinton said a democratic Libya should begin with the rule of law and accountability, as well as unity and reconciliation. She called investigating Qadhafi’s death a part of that process. Ms  Clinton issued a statement later Sunday congratulating Libyans on their liberation, saying the US was proud to have supported “the work of ordinary, brave Libyans who demanded their freedoms and dignity.”


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