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Leaders hope for new Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 02:08

Aug. 22 - World leaders say it is time for Libya to embrace democracy and rebuild after rebels take back much of the capital. Jessica Gray reports.

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Leaders from around the world are pledging their support for a free and democratic Libya after the triumphant arrival of rebels in Tripoli last night. British Prime Minister David Cameron says Libya now has a chance to rebuild. [SOUNDBITE] (English) UK PRIME MINISTER DAVID CAMERON "Our task now is to do all that we can to support the will of the Libyan people which is for an effective transition to a democratic and inclusive Libya. This will be and should be Libyan led and a Libya-owned process with broad international support coordinated by the United Nations." Senior French opposition leader Francois Hollande says Muammar Gaddafi's downfall has been a long time coming. (SOUNDBITE) (French) LEADING SOCIALIST CANDIDATE FOR THE FRENCH PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS, FRANCOIS HOLLANDE "We have been waiting for this moment, it was a long time coming, six months. It needed an uprising, but also a military intervention decided by the UN, and we are at the end of this military process, it was more than time for the Gaddafi regime to cede its place." NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen says Gaddafi's end is near, which means it is time to think about getting Libya back on its feet with NATO's help. (SOUNDBITE) (English) NATO SECRETARY GENERAL ANDERS FOGH RASMUSSEN "That transition must come peacefully. It must come now. And it must be led and defined by the Libyan people. Nato is ready to work with the Libyan people and with the Transitional National Council, which holds a great responsibility." Rebels made their final push into the capital in the night, sparking joyful demonstrations across the country. But their battle is not over yet. Gaddafi has refused to give up and issued a recorded voice statement on TV asking his supporters to "purify" the streets of "rats." Jessica Gray, Reuters

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Leaders hope for new Libya

Monday, August 22, 2011 - 02:08