TRIPOLI, Aug 8, 2012 (AFP) -
TRIPOLI, Aug 8, 2012 (AFP) –
Key events in Libya since Moamer Kadhafi’s ouster:
– October 20: Kadhafi captured and killed while trying to flee Sirte, his hometown and the last major city to fall to Western-backed rebels who rose up against his regime nine months earlier.
– October 23: The National Transitional Council (NTC) declares Libya’s “total liberation” and says more than 30,000 people were killed in the conflict.
– October 31: NATO announces the end of its military role.
– November 19: Seif al-Islam, Kadhafi’s most prominent son, captured by militiamen and detained in Zintan.
– December 12-13: Hundreds protest against the NTC in Benghazi, cradle of the revolt.
– January 26: Rights groups say former rebels have been torturing, and sometimes killing, Kadhafi loyalists.
– March 6: Tribal and political leaders in Benghazi declare their oil-rich region of Cyrenaica autonomous, raising fears the country may break up.
– March 17: Abdullah al-Senussi, Kadhafi’s former spymaster wanted by the International Criminal Court, arrested in Mauritania.
– March 28: Libya says oil output has recovered, reaching 1.45 million barrels per day. Before the revolt, production was about 1.6 million bpd.
– June 9: Elections pushed back to July 7 for technical and logistical reasons.
– June 11: A rocket is fired at a British diplomatic convoy in Benghazi. Earlier attacks have targeted the US embassy, Red Cross and a UN convoy.
– June 11-20: At least 105 die in tribal fighting in the Nafusa mountains.
– June 24: Tunisia extradites Kadhafi’s ex-premier Baghdadi al-Mahmudi to Libya.
– June 27-30: Nearly 50 die in tribal clashes in Kufra. In February, violence in the southeastern desert town kills more than 100.
– July 1: Demonstrators sack the electoral commission offices in Benghazi in a protest over the electoral code.
– July 7: Voters choose a national assembly in the country’s first election for almost half a century. The liberal coalition beats Islamist parties, with the National Forces Alliance, a liberal coalition led by wartime premier Mahmud Jibril, gaining 39 of 80 seats open to parties in the General National Congress, the first elected authority after more than four decades of dictatorship.
– July 14: Watchdog Human Rights Watch says Libya should take immediate steps to assume custody of thousands of detainees still held by militias.
– August 6: Libyan authorities say that three men suspected of planning bomb attacks killed in a sting operation outside Tripoli, a day after a car explosion in the capital. Attackers lay siege to a Red Cross residence in the western city of Misrata.
– August 8: The National Transitional Council is set to hand over power to the new assembly in a symbolic move marking the first peaceful transition of power in Libya’s modern history.