Libya's new president to be elected in 20 months- Aljazeera reported
In mid-February, Libya faced mass demonstrations calling for the withdrawal of Col Gaddafi, who ruled the country for over 40 years. The demonstrations then turned into an armed confrontation between government forces and rebels. The UN Security Council imposed a no-fly zone over Libya on March 17.
A coalition of Western countries began a military operation in Libya on March 19 to ensure a no-fly zone, arms embargo, and civil protection. The operation's leadership was then completely taken over by NATO. The mandate of the operation was due to expire on June 27, but on June 1 NATO extended the operation for 90 days until the end of September.