INSTANT VIEW 2-Libyan rebels enter Tripoli after 6-month war

Sun Aug 21, 2011 11:04pm GMT
 

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Aug 21 (Reuters) - Libyan rebels entered the capital Tripoli on Sunday with little sign of resistance from forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi in the Libyan leader's last remaining stronghold in the North African nation.

Following are reactions from analysts and political players to the fluid events unfolding in Libya following six months of fighting between rebels and Gaddafi's forces.

GEORGE JOFFE, NORTH AFRICA EXPERT AT CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY

"For the city to fall so easily shows that despite all the bluster of the Gaddafi regime, it had lost the confidence of the Libyan people a long time ago.

"The assault has been led by rebels from the Jebel Nafusa and Misrata and not by those from Benghazi and there is no guarantee they will accept the leadership of Benghazi. So we are entering a very dangerous phase.

"And then you still have the problem of Sirte. It has not yet been reduced. They may fight on and indeed Gaddafi may actually be there. They may not give up quite so easily.

"There are many people there who are invested in the regime and so you may have a new stage of the civil war."   Continued...

 
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