"Democratic atmosphere" prevails in Libya

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Ian Martin

The people of Libya are becoming more assertive about the rights they fought for overthrowing Muammar Al-Qadhafi, according to the top United Nations envoy in the country.

Ian Martin told the UN Security Council on Thursday that the interim government of Libya is facing the "dual" challenge of addressing the immediate needs of the people and of creating accountable institutions.

Mr. Martin said the public mood in Libya is gradually changing as it becomes increasingly focused on issues which were central to the demands of the revolution.

"These include improved institutional performance that meets popular expectations and accountability and transparency in public affairs. As the countdown begins towards elections next June, civil society is becoming increasingly assertive in monitoring and critiquing the performance of the National Transitional Council and the government, reflecting the democratic atmosphere that is now finding expression in Libya."

Mr. Martin said the interim government is working in an uncertain security situation.

(Duration: 23")

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