Overthrowing Gaddafi's regime complicated by absence of leader among Libyan demonstrators

Azerbaijan, Baku, March 1 / Trend A. Tagiyeva /
Although the demonstrations in Libya has continued for about two weeks, David Schenkeran, an expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, thinks that the absence of a single leader among the demonstrators in Libya complicates overthrowing Gaddafi's regime.
"Overthrowing Gaddafi's regime is complicated by the absence of a single leader," he told Trend over phone from Washington.
Protest actions in the Libyan provinces demanding Gaddafi's resignation and all senior officials have been continuing since Feb. 15. The country's authorities suppressed the demonstration. During the suppression of mass demonstrations in the Libyan city of Benghazi, 560 people were killed, while more than 4,000 were injured. Officially, authorities confirm the deaths of only 84 persons.
The impetus for the demonstrations in Libya was the development in the neighboring Arab countries. Demonstrations and rallies led to a power change in Egypt and Tunisia.
On Feb. 27, rebels in Libya announced that they have chosen Libya's former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil as their leader. Abdel-Jalil resigned from his post in the early days of demonstrations in protest of the violence used against demonstrators.
He also said that Libya is a country having no modern history and democratic institutions. Its people could not elect a leader of the demonstrations.

"Tough regime, carried out by the country's leader Muammar Gaddafi, could not contribute to appointing of an opposition leader," he said.

He said that taking into account that Libya is a state consisting of the tribes having disagreement, Schenker said, "After Gaddafi resigns, the country will be covered by chaos." "The situation will be complicated without a leader," he stressed.

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