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Iraq voices support for Libyan rebels

(Xinhua)

10:03, August 24, 2011

BAGHDAD, Aug 23 (Xinhua) -- The Iraqi government and many walks of the social life voiced their support for Libyan rebels on Tuesday, as the opposition forces have claimed the control of the capital city Tripoli.

The Iraqi government announced its recognition of Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) as the legitimate representative of Libya, a government statement said.

"The Council of Ministers decided on Aug. 23, 2011 to recognize the Libyan National transitional Council as the legitimate and the only representative for the Libyan people," the Iraqi government said in a brief statement posted on its Foreign Ministry's website.

Earlier on Tuesday, Iraqi Parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi hailed "the Libyan revolution," saying "here is another Arab tyrant to make a resounding fall, another people to gain its freedom."

Meanwhile, Nujaifi warned the Libyans to be aware of interference of foreign countries, saying that "the Libyans have to be aware not to let those countries to bypass their mandate stated by the United Nation Security Council in protecting civilians," Nujaifi said.

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki commented on Libya's situation during a meeting with some Iraqi journalists, saying, " we support those who fight for freedom, but we don't stand with those who want to turn the conflict into a sectarian one."

The independent Iraqi newspaper of al-Mada said in a commentary that the Libyan rebels maybe couldn't imagine that it would be that easy to enter Tripoli and to overthrow Gaddafi's leadership after more than 40 years of ruling.

"All roads to new Libya now seem to be paved by freedom and love. Libya will have a rosy life and certainly will be more beautiful without Gaddafi, and the whole world will be more beautiful without Gaddafi," the newspapers said.

Jabbar Kadhim, a shop owner in Baghdad's western district of Mansour, told Xinhua, "I congratulate the Libyan people who get rid of Gaddafi after more than four decades."

"I wish them a successful life and I hope that their wealth will go to all the people of Libya, not only to be property of one family," Kadhim said.

"From my experience, things may go to chaos after the substantial change of people's life. I feel like having the responsibility to warn our Libyan brothers of public looting, assassinations and the most important to avoid revenge which will create hatred and which will have negative impacts on the stability of your country," Kadhim said.

"Remember, security and stability are the main pillars for better life that you sacrificed for," he said.

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