Interim leader in Tripoli
The arrival on Monday evening of interim Libyan leader and National Transitional Council (NTC) chairman Mustafa Abdul Jalil was greeted with enthusiasm by large crowds. The interim leader and former Justice Minister spoke in Martyrs’ Square (formerly Green Square) about the future of Libya and the type of country they were hoping to build.
“We seek a state of law, prosperity and one where Sharia (Islamic law) is the main source for legislation, and this requires many things and conditions,” he said.
He also emphasised the need to reconciliation and was quick to point out that it should be the law courts that dealt with people who had harmed the people of Libya. He urged people not to take revenge against the families of those who had worked for Gaddafi, pointing out that they could not be held responsible for the actions of their ‘husbands or fathers’.
The interim leader also pointed out that Libya would be a country for everybody and that the young and women would share in the new country. He stressed that benefits payments would be made once more and that the whole nation would share in the economy without the corruption of the past.
Meanwhile fighting continued in Bani Walid about 110 miles from Tripoli, although hundreds of civilians were reported as leaving the city. The fighters have still to make inroads into two other Gaddafi strongholds, Sirte on the Mediterranean coast, 230 miles to the east of Tripoli and Sabha, a city of around 130,000 in the Libyan desert about 400 miles to the south and east of Tripoli.
On the economic front, the Arabian Gulf Oil Company (Agoco) said that it had started production across seventy wells with production reaching 160,000 barrels a day.