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The Libya Quest

Factuals of the Libyan revolution

Following the death of Moammar Al-Qaddafi, the man who called the U.N. charter bogus, the Libyans today aspire to end the instability and elect a government that best represents the democracy demanded by the revolt and heals the wound of the martyrs who died for the quest for rights. The Libyan quest took the sidelines of news, as the Syrian conflict possesses media headlines worldwide. The following is a brief overview of the Libyan conflict, and where is Libya today.

The oil rich nation of Libya was under the military governance of Moammar Al-Qaddafi, known for his insane and irrational behavior, incomprehensible to the West and even to the Arab world at times. The Qaddafi regime was not only a political dictatorship, but an economic one as well. The family of Qaddafi is known to possess a monopoly over all merchandise and products. The family controlled the country micro and macro economically making it impossible for a competitive market. In the society, the Qaddafi regime controlled property rights as well, one of the basic rights known to mankind. [1]They were well known for giving away foreigner’s property should they leave Libya for more than 3 years. The conflict quickly hit Libya at the break of the Arab Spring following Tunisia. Qaddafi’s iron fist met the protestors with brutal killings, rape, hiring of militias and hired assassins from allied African nations against his people. Some would argue, this is an expected reaction to a dear friend of Robert Mugabe, another dictator, of Zimbabwe.

The events of the revolt resulted in an estimated death toll of 30,000 and 50,000 wounded.[2] The conflict ended with the arming of Libyan rebels and the killing of Qaddafi with the aid of the NATO intervention. While the legitimacy of NATO’s intervention, success and necessity remain contested, the Libyan people seem to “effortlessly” stride towards forming a transitional government and conducting elections that best represent the Libyan people, and which bears fruit of the revolution.

Recently, the National Transition Council of Libya handed the “full constitutional power of running the country” to the General National Congress[3] and announcing Mohammad Al-Megarif as Libya’s interim president. [4]

It is without doubt recognized that the current Libyan system of governance in place needs to address elements of chaos from the revolution where terrorist groups took advantage of the instability in Libya to nest and mobilize. The Libyans look forward to the advancement of the society and their true introduction to what the Qaddafi regime forbade them of for decades.