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6 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 3:12PM #1
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And now back to Libya, in case people have forgotten about Libya. the article points out the problems of transition even in a popular uprising  which retains its popularity

Islamists, regime diehards mar Libya’s transition

TRIPOLI — A wave of attacks in Libya in recent weeks has fuelled fears that radical Islamists are gaining influence, analysts say, as authorities worry that ex-regime diehards are seeking to derail the upcoming elections.

The brief seizure of Tripoli International Airport this week and an attack on the US mission in Benghazi highlight some of the security challenges facing the country ahead of the election of a constituent assembly.

The vote will be Libya’s first in almost half a century as the country’s transitional rulers seek to steer it towards democracy after more than four decades of dictatorship under Muammar Qadhafi, toppled and slain last year.
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Security services have informed the interior ministry that supporters of the former regime are plotting to disrupt the vote to elect a constituent assembly that will appoint a committee to draft a new constitution.

“We have received reports of this nature. We are well aware that there are people who do not want the elections to take place,” said Ibrahim Sharkassia, a senior interior ministry official.
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Similar fears of sabotage were also aired when Libya marked the first anniversary of the start of the popular uprising that toppled Qadhafi’s regime that passed off without a hitch.

Staging safe elections, however, is far more complex than celebrations.

The NTC is also tackling periodic flare-ups of tribal violence, mostly in border areas linked to smuggling routes, deadly tensions rooted in differences of allegiance in the war and calls for autonomy in the oil-rich east.

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6 years ago  ::  Jun 10, 2012 - 3:21PM #2
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Building a new Democracy is never easy. 

I have no doubt everyone on both sides of the current argument would be dead right now had Qaddafi succeeded unabated...

according to some one here those summary executions are what we would call "peace" or more likely they would blame the west and call Gaddafi a western puppet acting on Pentagon orders...

it is easy to be an arm chair quarterback against the US....

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6 years ago  ::  Aug 09, 2012 - 6:15AM #3
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This is the new Libya, big improvement from Gaddafi.

Shame on those who contributed to this misery. 

'Pregnant women miscarrying due to mistreatment, detainees mainly from  sub-Saharan Africa denied adequate food and water. Small cells crammed with  80-100 detainees subjected to arbitrary justice by Libya’s volatile militias,  politically persecuted Somalis forcibly repatriated to Mogadishu, and hundreds  of boat people dying trying to flee Libya for a better life in  Europe.
Such are the conditions of Libya’s approximately 80,000  Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) post the revolution. The refugees comprise  Libyans ethnically cleansed from towns and cities due to their perceived support  for former dictator Muammar Gaddafi, and those who have fled the continued  fighting between rival militias across the country.'

Read more: Liberated to Death : Post-Revolution Libya

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6 years ago  ::  Aug 10, 2012 - 11:52AM #4
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I am proud we contributed to the changes in Libya,

I feel deep pride when I think of what we helped ensure happened to the monster Gaddafi.

It was a moment equal to the great humanitarian when the genocidal Serbian government's wholesale slaughters of innocent civilians in the Balkans were put to an end by the very same NATO forces.

Libya is 100 times better off and finally has potential to be a free state... and have had their first free elections.  Democracy is approaching fast.

Better this disorder under a new and more responsible government with elections than a continuation of the same disorder and lack of freedom and accountability Qaddafi had in place.

The man was a pig and his government a sham.

Thank God for his ouster and for opportunity to finally be available in Libya.

We only need remember what Qaddafi did to his people for 40 years... for it to be clear how preferable the current situation is to his rule...

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