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A new Libya without Gaddafi

After six months of war, Libyan rebels have taken power in Tripoli, the capital, and forced Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi to flee. Forty-two years after his seizure of power, the dictator's whereabouts are unknown, and an uncertain future for Libya, involving democratic transition and reconstruction, is therefore beginning. At an international conference in Paris, the international community has announced its intention to free the funds Libyan stored in banks and properties worldwide in order for them to be passed on to the National Transitional Council (NTC), the rebels' political body. However, the reconstruction of Libya will first require an end to the war, which is still continuing. NATO is planning to continue its bombing missions while Gaddafi continues to pose a threat to civilians.