vendredi 21 octobre 2011

An historic week…

As all of you heard and saw everywhere in the media, Muammar Gaddafi was finally killed yesterday in Libya. This marked the true end of a 42 year era in the country.

All the details, pictures and videos can be found in this article from the Daily Mail. Viewer discretion is advised.

To no one’s surprise, celebrations were held in Tripoli as well as in Tunisia and Egypt.  In Tunis, crowds gathered in front of the Libyan embassy, waving flags and expressing their joy over the news of Gaddafi’s death.  See for yourself in this video of the BBC. In downtown Tunis, on the Bourguiba Avenue, motorists and cars kept honking as Libyans were celebrating on the sidewalks.

Couple of Libyans celebrating in Tunis
The death of Libya’s ex-Tyrant comes at a pivotal time since the first elections ever in an Arab country will be held in Tunisia on Sunday. Surely this week is destined to go down in history.

The transition towards democracy in Libya could also start very soon and everyone hopes it can be done peacefully, the way Tunisia made it so far. The eyes of the world were watching the Libyans yesterday, but the focus will sure be put on Tunisia starting tomorrow and in the next weeks to see how the election turns out. 

The electoral campaing is only a few hours from ending. At midnight, all parties must stop their activities and wait for the results on Sunday night or Monday morning.

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