Next tests: Big hopes, power plays

Next tests: Big hopes, power plays

The interim government will be determined to ensure that lingering pro-Gadhafi forces are prevented from launching any rearguard guerrilla insurgency from the countryside that could destabilise the north African OPEC member and its oil industry.

One of Gadhafi’s most politically influential sons, Saif al-Islam, and his security chief Abdullah Sanussi are apparently still at large and may still be able to recruit armed followers. But perhaps the most important test for the interim National Transitional Council will be to manage the enormous expectations of Libya’s 6 million people, now freed definitively from the fear that Gadhafi could ever reimpose his long strongman rule.

“There is now this big expectation. Up to now they’ve had an excuse that they are running a war. They don’t have that now... Everything now has got to happen,” said John Hamilton, a Libya expert at Cross Border Information.

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