Shelby: It feels like a party in the capital of Libya. Enjoying new freedoms, like singing and dancing, which used to be against the rules, citizens are celebrating the end of dictator Muammar Qaddafi’s tight hold on the country.
After a long and bloody revolution, rebel fighters now control most of the country. Life is starting to return to normal and schools are back in session. Raising the flag of Libya’s new leadership, even students are cheering the end of Qaddafi’s rule.
But the fighting isn’t over yet. There are still clashes in some towns, and Qaddafi is believed to be hiding somewhere in the country. He has refused to formally step down.
In his messages broadcast on TV, he says that what is happening in Libya isn’t real and that once Western forces, like the U.S., leave the country, he will be back in charge.
Experts say Qaddafi is trying to convince the world that he is still in power. But his troops are outnumbered, and no one seems to be buying his act. Many world leaders have already met with the rebels who helped take over most of the country, and they are ready to start a new government.
Back in the U.S., a new flag of the free Libya is flying among the community of nations at the UN General Assembly.
Today, the Libyan people are writing a new chapter in the life of their nation. After four decades of darkness, they can walk the streets free from a tyrant.
Shelby Holliday, Channel One News.