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Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the leader of the National Transitional Council
The National Transitional Council (NTC) has declared the liberation of Libya eight-months after the uprising against Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year rule began.

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the leader of the NTC, kneeled in prayer after taking the stand in a celebration in Benghazi on Sunday and promised to uphold Islamic law.

Thousands of people in Kish Square sang the national anthem and waved flags, both of which date back to the monarchy which Gaddafi overthrew in a 1969 coup.

"We as a Muslim nation have taken Islamic sharia (law) as the source of legislation, therefore any law that contradicts the principles of Islam is legally nullified," Jalil told the crowd.

The NTC leader thanked the Arab League, the United Nations, and the European Union for supporting the uprising which ended with Gaddafi's death on Thursday.

"All the martyrs, the civilians and the army had waited for this moment. But now they are in the best of places ... eternal heaven," he said, shaking hands with supporters.

"The revolution began as a peaceful one. But it was faced with violence," he told the tens of thousands of Libyans gathered in the city, where fighting against Gaddafi erupted in February.

An NTC official who opened the ceremony, said: "We declare to the whole world that we have liberated our beloved country, with its cities, villages, hill-tops, mountains, deserts and skies."

The NTC has said it will now embark on the process of building a democracy and hold the country's first free elections next year.

Libya's new leaders have a "very limited opportunity" to put aside their differences, said Mahmoud Jibril, the country's interim prime minister, as he announced he was stepping down on Saturday.

Jibril said that progress in Libya would require stronger resolution from the NTC's leaders as well as from the six million citizens of the country.

"First," he said, "What kind of resolve the NTC will show in the next few days?

"And the other thing depends mainly on the Libyan people - whether they differentiate between the past and the future."

He added: "I am counting on them to look ahead and remember the kind of agony they went through in the last 42 years."

Jibril said that the first elections for a national constituent assembly would take place "within a period of eight months".

(Source: Aljazeera)

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Last Updated on 23 October 2011 18:09