Qatar hosts Libyan conference after Gadhafi death

Oct 26 2011 - 7:21am

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(DAVID SPERRY/The Associated Press) A Libyan child waves the victory sign while wearing a wig and holding a pre-Gadhafi flag during a celebration after transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil declared the liberation of Libya in Benghazi Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. Libya’s transitional leader declared his country’s liberation Sunday after an 8-month civil war and set out plans for the future with an Islamist tone. The announcement was clouded, however, by international pressure to explain how ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi had been captured alive days earlier, then ended up dead from a gunshot to his head shortly afterward.
(DAVID SPERRY/The Associated Press) A Libyan child waves the victory sign while wearing a wig and holding a pre-Gadhafi flag during a celebration after transitional government leader Mustafa Abdul-Jalil declared the liberation of Libya in Benghazi Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011. Libya’s transitional leader declared his country’s liberation Sunday after an 8-month civil war and set out plans for the future with an Islamist tone. The announcement was clouded, however, by international pressure to explain how ousted dictator Moammar Gadhafi had been captured alive days earlier, then ended up dead from a gunshot to his head shortly afterward.

DOHA, Qatar -- Libya's interim leader is in Qatar for the first international planning conference on his country since the death of Moammar Gadhafi.

The official Qatar News Agency says Mustafa Abdul-Jalil arrived in Doha for Wednesday's gathering, which is expected to include representatives from Gulf states, Western powers and NATO.

Qatar was a leading Arab backer of the uprising to topple Gadhafi. Qatar contributed warplanes to the NATO-led air campaign to weaken Gadhafi's forces, and helped arrange a critical oil sale to fund the former rebels.

Gadhafi was killed last week after Libyan forces overran the last pockets of government control in the former dictator's hometown, Sirte. Gadhafi was buried Tuesday in a secret desert location.

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