By Yassmine Zerrouki*
By Yassmine Zerrouki*
Morocco World News/ MAP
Fez, August 24, 2011
Two days after Libya’s freedom fighters took control of Tripoli, Libya is turning the page of Gaddfi’s dark era and will prepare to hold it’s first democratic elections. “Elections will be held in Libya in eight months” said the chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Mustafa Abdul Jalil in an interview published by La Repubblica, an Italian newspaper, on Wednesday.
“In eight months, we will hold legislative and presidential elections. We want a democratic government and a just constitution”, Abdul Jalil said. “We don’t wish to continue to be isolated in the world as we have been up until now,” he added.
he went on to say that the “New” Libya should be different from the past. It must be based on the principles of freedom, equality and fraternity.”
As far as the Colonel Muammar Kadhafi is concerned, Abdul Jalil stated that “the prevailing of opinion within the National Translational Council is that Gadhafi and his cohorts should be judged.” “It will be a fair trial but it should be held in Libya,” he stated.
“We want them alive and treat them differently from the way the Colonel treated his opponents. He will stay in the memory only for the crimes, arrests, and political assassinations he committed.”
“The Kadhafi era is over, even if it will only really end with his capture and his conviction for the crimes he has committed.” “There were only remaining “pockets of resistance” left in Tripoli, as well as troops in Sirte, the leader’s historic stronghold.”
In response to a question on the position of the Transitional National Council from other countries, Abdul Jalil said, “I want to stress that the “new” Libya will establish close relations with other countries on the basis of mutual respect and cooperation. We will be an active member of the international community and we will respect all the treaties signed in the past.”
“And we will ensure the country’s respect for human rights and the rule of law as well as the country’s contribution to the consolidation of peace and security”, he stressed.
” After Kadhafi, Lybia will have close relationships with the countries that supported our struggle for liberation from the very beginning among which is Italy, of course,” he stated.
The Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi called Kadhafi, who has had special relations with him, to succumb “in order to spare his people further suffering.”
Italy was until the start of the Libyan Revolution in the mid-February, the first trade partner of Libya and one of the main investors, especially with the presence of the activist Italian group (ENI), the first producer of oil in the country.
Editing by Ahmad Azizi.
*Yassmine Zerrouki is Morocco World News’ correspondent in Fez, Morocco.