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Libya's new leaders pledge "moderate" islamic rule

Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), attends a news conference in Benghazi August 30, 2011.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, chairman of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC), attends a news conference in Benghazi August 30, 2011. REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori
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Libya's interim new leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil gave his first public speech in Tripoli's main Square on Monday night, where he was given a hero's welcome.

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He told the crowd that moderate Islam would be the main source of legislation in post-Kadhafi Libya.

"We will not accept any extremist ideology, on the right or the left. We are a muslim people, for a moderate Islam, and we will stay on this road" he declared to the thousands who had gathered to hear him speak in Martyrs Square.

Meanwhile, in a new report released on Tuesday, Amnesty International accused Kadhafi's regime of crimes against humanity, but also said National Transitional Council fighters had committed possible war crimes.

The NTC has vowed to investigate the allegations against anti-Kadhafi forces, but added that the great majority of abuses detailed in the report were committed by the ousted regime.

 

 

 

 

 

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