Oct. 24 — Three days after the stunning murder of former Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, the country offically declared its liberation and called for reconciliation after more than four decades under Gadhafi’s rule.
“We enter with steady steps and with faith in God a new period, the post-liberation period,” Abdel Hafiz Ghoga, the vice chairman of the National Transitional Council, said yesterday at a ceremony in Benghazi marked by fireworks, cheering crowds and celebratory gunfire.
A new government is being called for within the next eight months, as well as special elections, NTC leaders said.
In his address to Libyans raising the tricolor flags that have emerged as a symbol of their revolt, NTC chairman Mustafa Abdel Jalil urged “forgiveness and reconciliation” and struck an Islamic tone when speaking of the post-Qaddafi Libya. He knelt to the ground to thank God as he declared an end to Qaddafi’s rule.
“We, as an Islamic state, have adopted the Islamic Shariah as the main source of legislation,” he said. “As such, any law that runs contrary to the Islamic principles of the Islamic Shariah is legally void.”