Future starts now after Kadhafi death: Libyan ambassador

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Libya's "black era" has come to an end with the death of Moamer Kadhafi and its people can now create a "free, democratic and just state", its ambassador to Britain said on Thursday.

Mahmud Nacua said the National Transitional Council (NTC) had had "a glorious and momentous victory against the tyrant Moamer Kadhafi, his sons and cronies" and had "finally succeeded in drawing the curtain on Kadhafi's crimes".

"Today, Libya's future begins. Kadhafi's black era has come to an end forever," he said, speaking in front of the Libyan embassy in London.

"The Libyan people are looking forward to a very promising future where they can finally start building their free, democratic and just state for which they have fought for about eight months now.

"Our people have paid a high price, about 40,000 martyrs have given their souls and their lives for the freedom of their country."

The ambassador refused to be drawn on whether the NTC now planned to hold elections.

"The next step (is), we look forward to building a new Libya as a state of law," he said.

Kadhafi was killed Thursday in a final assault by NTC forces on his hometown of Sirte, sparking joy across Libya.

Britain recognised the rebel NTC in June and expelled all remaining Kadhafi loyalists from the embassy in London.

© 2011 AFP

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