Head of Libya's interim govt arrives in Tripoli

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Head of Libya's interim govt arrives in Tripoli

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It is being described as the opening of a new chapter in Libya’s history.

The head of the country’s provisional government, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, has arrived in Tripoli for the first time since the ousting of Muammar Gaddafi.

Usama El-Abed, the Deputy Mayor of Tripoli, said:

“It’s a joyful moment. It’s a historical moment for the whole country, not only the citizens of Tripoli. Everybody is very happy, and I think a new chapter has just been opened here in the capital of Libya, finally Councillor Abdel Jalil is here in the capital.”

Meanwhile, what appears to be the final battle for the pro-Gaddafi stronghold of Bani Walid continues, with NATO air strikes helping Libyan fighters trying to capture the town.

There has been stiff resistance, however, after the deadline given to the Gaddafi loyalists to surrender expired on Saturday.

It is understood that about 1,000 Gaddafi soldiers are defending Bani Walid.

Fighting has also been reported around the other Gaddafi stronghold of Sirte