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Libyan Prime Minister Kidnapped

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/10/libyan-prime-minister-kidnapped

Armed men have kidnapped the Libyan prime minister, Ali Zeidan, from the hotel in Tripoli where he lives.

"The head of the transitional government, Ali Zeidan, was taken to an unknown destination for unknown reasons," the Libyan government said on its website, attributing the kidnapping to a group of men believed to be former rebels.

I wonder who did this? Still I'm sure it won't affect Libyan stability. Retaliation for the US seizure the other day?

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http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/10/uk-libya-kidnap-idUKBRE99902K20131010

Gunmen from a former rebel faction kidnapped Libya's prime minister on Thursday in reprisal for the government's role in the U.S. capture of a top al Qaeda suspect.

Two years after a revolution ended the 42-year rule of Muammar Gaddafi, Libya is in turmoil, with its vulnerable central government and nascent armed forces struggling to contain rival tribal militias and Islamist militants who control parts of the country.

The militia, which had been hired by the government to provide security in Tripoli, said it "arrested" Ali Zeidan after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry confirmed Libya's role in the weekend capture in the city of Abu Anas al-Liby.

"His arrest comes after ... (Kerry) said the Libyan government was aware of the operation," a spokesman for the group, known as the Operations Room of Libya's Revolutionaries, told Reuters.

How nice of Kerry to land the Libyan govt in it. Who needs enemies with friends like that.

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Oh dear, the Libyan 'revolution' (instigated of course by salt of the earth ordinary democracy loving Libyan folk and not at all fuelled by external agencies) is really turning out well for that country.

Before: Relatively advanced, safe, country with decent standard of living, no national debt and independent Central Bank.

After: Lawless hellhole, smashed social infrastructure, likely heavily indebted and Central Bank drawn into the 'system.

Nice.

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After: Lawless hellhole, smashed social infrastructure, likely heavily indebted and Central Bank drawn into the 'system.

I believe that is what is known in contemporary geopolitical parlance as a 'result'.

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