Obama Congratulates People of Libya on Declaration of Liberation

Oct 23, 2011 3:08pm

President Obama congratulated the people of Libya today for their declaration of liberation.

In a statement, the president said the Libyan people can “celebrate their freedom and the beginning of a new era of promise” after four decades of Muammar Gaddafi’s rule.

The president says the United States will continue working with international partners and the United Nations to help Libya stabilize. The United States will also, Obama says, help Libya’s transitional council hold the country’s first free and fair elections.

The dictator was captured and killed by Libyans Thursday, seven months after Obama authorized the Pentagon to begin what the administration described as a limited military campaign to protect Libyan civilians who were rebelling against Gaddafi’s rule.

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