Saturday, March 5, 2011

Libya and Bahrain Toppled

The now former leaders of Libya and Bahrain responded to the call of their people.

(CNN) - Following recent political revolution in Egypt, it seems the citizens of Libya and Bahrain are pursuing democracy and natural rights. Following the surging waves of protests, in which millions of citizens participated, the seemingly autocratic leaders of the two countries surrendered their power.
Colonel Muammar Gaddafi has subsequently fled to Nigeria as a fugitive pursued by the International Criminal Court on charges related to Crimes Against Humanity.
King Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifah also abdicated under the mounting public pressure. While his leadership recently initiated political reforms, such as the release of political prisoners and review of the constitution, the people of Bahrain seem to have rejected his change.
Secretary of State Hilary Clinton briefly stated the following on the press release.
“The US government is carefully and closely monitoring the political changes sweeping the Middle East region. The State Department would like to reaffirm that we support democracy, the rule of law, and decisions made by the majority.”
The White House could not be reached for comment prior to the press deadline.

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