Ghaddafi`s downfall lesson to world

Ghaddafi`s downfall lesson to world

Muammar Ghaddafi. (REUTERS/Max Rossi)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The downfall of Libya`s former president Moammar Ghaddafi should be a lesson to the world, a Muhamadiyah executive said.

Abul Mu`ti, secretary of the Muhammadiyah central executive board, said here on Friday, "the authoritarian rule of Ghaddafi over more than 40 years proved unable to unite and bring social justice to the Libyan people. The world needs to learn from Ghaddafi`s mistake," he said.

Abdul said Libya needed to begin its own reconstruction soon. However, there was a potential for internal rifts in Libya due to tribal conflicts.

"Tribal conflicts can be a new problem for Libya after the death of Ghaddafi," he said.

Libya`s National Transitional Council spokesman Abdel Hafez Ghoga on Thursday (Oct 20) said Moamer Kadhafi was killed earlier in the day by the new regime`s forces in their final assault on the last pocket of resistance in the former president`s hometown, Sirte.

"We announce to the world that Kadhafi has been killed at the hands of the revolution," Ghoga said in the eastern city of Benghazi.

"It is an historic moment. It is the end of tyranny and dictatorship. Kadhafi has met his fate," he added.

Another NTC commander, said one of Kadhafi`s sons, Mutassim, was also killed in Sirte.

"We found him dead. We put his body and that of (former defense minister) Abu Bakr Yunis Jabar in an ambulance and took them to Misrata," said Mohamed Leith.

NTC fighters who had fought in the bloody seven-month conflict that toppled the veteran despot at a cost of more than 25,000 lives, erupted in jubilation at the news, which followed earlier reports that Kadhafi had been captured.

A photograph taken on a mobile phone appeared to show the bleeding body of the 69-year-old Kadhafi whose regime was toppled by NTC fighters in August.