Libya’s interim rulers to hand over power

August 6, 2012

“We affirm that August 8, 2012 will be the day that power will be transferred peacefully,” Saleh Darhoub, spokesman for the outgoing National Transitional Council (NTC), told journalists in Tripoli early Monday. – AFP (File Photo)

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TRIPOLI: Libya’s interim authorities said they will hand over power to a newly elected congress on Wednesday, less than a year after its fighters overthrew the regime of Muammar Qadhafi.

“We affirm that August 8, 2012 will be the day that power will be transferred peacefully,” Saleh Darhoub, spokesman for the outgoing National Transitional Council (NTC), told journalists in Tripoli early Monday.

Libyans cast ballots on July 7 in their first free election since a popular uprising last year that escalated into a civil war and ousted the regime of now slain dictator Qadhafi.

They elected a 200-member legislative assembly comprising party and independent representatives, which will replace the NTC and lead the country until fresh elections can be held on the basis of a new constitution.
The transition comes against a backdrop of heightened insecurity.

Three men suspected of planning bomb attacks were killed in a sting operation outside the capital on Sunday.

“The brain of the operation refused to surrender and fought fiercely which resulted in the death of three people, including him,” Darhoub said.

Five members of the interior ministry brigade who carried out the bust were wounded. The clashes took place in a farm in Al-Aziziya, 40 kilometres south of the capital, he added.

Darhoub said that the explosives discovered in the area matched those found by security forces who had foiled “seven bombing plots”. He declined to give details on possible targets.

The sting operation came just one day after a gunbattle and a car bomb rocked a market place in the centre of the Libyan capital, leaving one person wounded, according to medics and witnesses.

On Sunday, armed assailants laid siege to a residence of Red Cross staff in the western Libyan city of Misrata, pushing the organisation to suspend its work there and in the eastern city of Benghazi.

The organisation condemned the attack saying it marked the fifth such incident in the two cities in less than three months.

The NTC said it condemned the violence as “a government and a people”.

“We condemn all acts of violence and we condemn extremism”, Darhoub said, noting that the Red Cross served the country when it was most needed, including when Qadhafi’s troops laid siege to Misrata last year.

The spokesman also said that there were investigations underway following last week’s abduction of a Red Crescent delegation of seven Iranians who were visiting counterparts in Benghazi..

Most of the urban violence to have hit Libya in the wake of last year’s revolt has taken place in Benghazi, with attacks typically focused on Western targets as well as local personalities and institutions.

August alone saw a blast at a military intelligence building in Benghazi and a foiled bomb plot targeting the Tibesti hotel which is favoured by diplomats and journalists visiting the city.

 Source- AFP via DAWN

8 Comments »

  1. Shabab Libya would you let the guys from Mar15.info know it is easier for them to block the messages instead they’re using a crooked security system
    by the name of Word Press which is nothing more than a way to block you from posting. A good example is the Libya Herald which also uses Word Press and nobody posts messages.

    Today I posted like 10 messages at Mar15.info . Then all of the sudden a Word Press page was asking me to log in. I registered myself at Word Press and then the user name is not recognized at Mar15.info and the Libya Herald.

    Comment by Fredy — August 7, 2012 @ 02:00

  2. Thank You .

    Comment by Fredy — August 7, 2012 @ 02:14

  3. It’s good to see peaceful transfer of power.. I wish more eyes were on good things happening in Libya in wake of the violence that was necessary to break free of Gaddafi regime control.
    Happenings is Syria have made headline but few realize the movement for good government that represents the people and not the choice few is bigger than can really be imagined because the movement afoot with the Arab Spring and Occupy is an unstoppable part of the response or the reaction of life to heat increase and limited resources to deal with a system of world enterprise not addressing runaway warming.

    Comment by Dale Lanan — August 7, 2012 @ 20:36

  4. Fredy, we’ll let them know.

    Comment by Yoots — August 8, 2012 @ 06:11

  5. I hope this Article and comments are read around the world because as is shown in comments Communications on line are under attack systematically to disrupt efforts at change..
    Peaceful change, dependent on on line communications needs to occur naturally in order for the little guys to win out and for Earth literally to survive, to have any chance stat.
    Earth is literally in need of emergency room help to live..
    The heart of the economic system and monetary exchange needs adjustment through legal means to link up the value of money with its use relative to keeping Earth Alive.. Otherwise systemic change won’t happen and runaway goes P/T+

    Comment by Dale Lanan — October 2, 2012 @ 11:21

  6. To Feb17 and Mar15 guys who posted, I think perhaps same interference of internet communications is evident in comments I sent to S Pacific site, Pacific Scoop in NZ.
    Did an experiment just now by making comment there that couldn’t really not be put up or of interest if read.
    It pertains to what’s going to be happening in 30yrs with global warming and involves corporate accountability.
    Here is the link to a sidebar item ‘How much time is … updating maps an interactive graphics of what’s happening to our Earth. PS Peace and I hope you are safe..
    http://arctic-news.blogspot.com/p/how-much-time-is-there-left-to-act.html

    Comment by Dale Lanan — October 5, 2012 @ 12:02

  7. It’s now June 4th, 2013 and Syrian civil war is raging and spreading it looks like to other nations and Turkey is starting to see rising unrest that started from small protest. But the forces of temperature rise for Earth now seem likely unstoppable in this thing. Methane levels are spiking in Arctic and Antarctic and above Himalayan Plateau. Indicating Methane hydrate destabilization and a unstoppable acceleration of temperature forcing may be on.
    It Will force food production down and prices up causing war. There is little to decide but to continue trying now.
    Some way or other the Occupy movement and Arab Spring need to morph into a voluntary change in position by sunrise.

    Comment by Dale Lanan — June 4, 2013 @ 14:07

  8. Things seem to be disappearing on line, not only internet access is jeopardized but history, as if it matters if life doesn’t stay alive against all odds now judging from heat up. But it is important to have documentation existing to show and celebrate the efforts of good people to free some.
    So perhaps back up site for information, communications storage is needed to protect against erasure from Colossus.
    The one eyed monster now standing in New oink harbor, NY.. Under Corporate Control and letting the Earth our home expire. And not celebrating the diversity of Nature or God.. Heaven help us all; id of man v the will of God now.

    Comment by Dale Lanan — July 27, 2013 @ 14:17

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