“Mustafa Abdul Jalil…told cheering crowds in Tripoli that Islamic shariah law would be the ‘main source’ of legislation in the new Libya.” — the Telegraph, September 12
“President Obama Praises Libya’s Political Transition,” by Michele Kelemen for NPR, September 20 (thanks to all who sent this in):
President Obama met Libya’s interim leader Tuesday on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly and held up the country as a model of what the U.N. can do to protect civilians from atrocities.
Obama also pledged continued support and encouraged Libya’s new leaders to keep their promises to forge a just, democratic society….
Obama met with the chairman of Libya’s Transitional National Council, Mustafa Abdul-Jalil, who is again asking for access to billions of dollars in frozen Libyan assets. Abdul-Jalil also reassured the countries gathered at the U.N. that he’s given Libyans clear orders not to seek retribution against Gadhafi’s supporters.
“The Libyan authorities will bring to justice all accused of the Gadhafi regime before a just trial, and we will work for the spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation over the coming period,” he said.
“The entire world is watching you,” said French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who took the lead in supporting rebels in Libya. He told Tuesday’s meeting at the U.N. that he has faith in the country’s new leadership. British Foreign Secretary William Hague echoed that, saying the time is up for Gadhafi and his supporters….