Tripoli Falls to Libyan Rebels - Arab League Recognizes New Govt
Tripoli has fallen to the Libyan rebel fighters, and a new transitional government is in the process of being installed.
The Arab League and Egypt have announced their recognition of Libya's new National Transitional Council in separate statements issued from Cairo.
“This is a historic moment that marks a milestone in the history of the Libyan people,” said the Arab League in its statement. “We hope the council's efforts are successful in leading the new phase and protecting the independence, sovereignty and integrity of Libyan lands.”
But no one knows where the country's dictator, former strongman Muammar Qaddafi is. Qaddafi, who ruled with an iron fist for 41 years, vowed never to step down and never to leave the country.
Unnamed sources quoted by the pan-Arab Al Jazeera news network said that two bodies have been found, believed to be those of Qaddafi's son Khamis and his brother-in-law and chief of intelligence, Abdallah Senussi.
One of Qaddafi's sons, Mohammed, has allegedly managed to escape house arrest with the assistance of loyalist forces. His third son, Saif was also captured by the opposition forces and reportedly still remains in custody. Qaddafi's personal guards allegedly surrendered themselves to the rebel forces.