TRIPOLI – The leader of Libya’s transitional government used his first speech in Tripoli to call for unity and moderation as he sought to allay fears of factional splits among the country’s new rulers, ‘The Guardian’ reported. Mustafa Abdul Jalil, chairman of the national transitional council, addressed a crowd of about 10,000 people in the renamed Martyrs Square on Monday night.
Amid fears that differences could now spill over between the NTC, which was originally based in Benghazi, and other rebel factions, Jalil was at pains to stress the moderate credentials of the new Libya. He said Islamic sharia law should be the main source of legislation but added: “We will not accept any extremist ideology, on the right or the left. We are a Muslim people, for a moderate Islam, and will stay on this road.”
Jalil also emphasised that women had played an important part in the revolution and would continue to do so. Jalil’s message of reconciliation extended to the remaining Gaddafi forces and the families of former government figures who, he said, should not be held responsible for the crimes of their relatives.