Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SA recognises Libya’s new government

By Lelethu Mquqo
21 September 2011


South Africa has followed the African Union’s example and has acknowledged that power has indeed changed hands in Libya.

Like the United Nations, South Africa now also recognises Libya's National Transitional Council as the government of Libya.

The AU and South Africa’s refusal to earlier recognise the NTC sparked speculation that African governments had been hamstrung by a sense of loyalty to Muammar Gaddafi in their response to the war in Libya.

Meanwhile, Gaddafi’s spokesperson Moussa Ibrahim has told journalists that 17 foreigners, who he referred to as “mercenaries”’, had been captured and were being questioned in Bani Walid.

Ibrahim says the men, including French and British nationals, will be shown publicly soon.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe said on Monday that France had no mercenaries in Libya.

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