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Analysts doubt whether rebels can run Libyan govt. in absence of Gaddafi

August 22, 2011 - Washington

Western officials in Libya have expressed doubts whether the rebel movement is actually ready to run the country after toppling the regime of Colonel Muammar Gaddafi.

Although they claim that they are prepared to take charge of the country under the leadership of Mustafa Abdul Jalil, a judge who resigned as justice minister after the uprising began, some observers fear their capabilities could be overpowered by the Herculean task ahead.

Terming their plan as "hogwash", a diplomat said: "For four or five months all we have had is words. They are not ready," The Telegraph reports.

Some even talk privately of a "catastrophic success" if the rebels win the war, but fail to fill the political vacuum left without Gaddafi, it added.

Meanwhile, reports have emerged that Libyan rebels have reportedly taken control of Tripoli's Green Square. The International Criminal Court has also confirmed that Colonel Muammar Gaddafi's son, Saif Al-Islam, has been detained.

Rebel National Transitional Council Coordinator Adel Dabbechi revealed that the Libyan dictator's eldest son, Mohammed Al-Gaddafi, had surrendered.

The rebels were reportedly found celebrating in Green Square after taking control of it. They faced no resistance from Gaddafi's troops as they entered Tripoli, reports said.


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