Libya - Reuters - August 22, 2011
Libyan rebel fighters celebrate after seizing control of the Gaddafi army women's officer training center in Tripoli's Qarqarsh district August 22, 2011. Photo by Reuters
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"The era of Muammar Gadhafi is over," the leader of the Libyan opposition Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdul Jalil, declared on Monday after rebel forces said they had seized most of the capital, Tripoli.

But he cautioned, "Libyans must realize that the long period ahead will not be a bed of roses. We will face challenges and responsibilities."

Speaking at a press conference in the eastern city of Benghazi, he said: "We are on the threshold of a new era, and will work to establish the principles this revolution was based on: Freedom, equality, justice, democracy, and transparency within a moderate Islamic framework."

 

 

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Meanwhile, The International Criminal Court said it was in talks with the Libyan rebels about the potential transfer of Seif al-Islam, the son of Gadhafi, to the war crimes court in The Hague.

"We are in discussions with the Libyan council about the surrender of Seif al-Islam," ICC official Fadi el-Abdallah said.

 

 

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Libyan rebels have gained control of 95 percent of Tripoli, the rebels' top diplomat said on Monday, but the whereabouts of embattled leader Muammar Gadhafi remain unknown.