White House condemns Libyan Prime Minister’s abduction

WASHINGTON (TIP): The White House said it is pleased that Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan is again a free man after his abduction at gunpoint earlier on October 10. Spokesman Jay Carney said the US condemns the kidnapping, which was carried out at dawn from the hotel where Zidan lives in the capital of Tripoli. The abduction appeared to be retaliation for a weekend raid by US special forces, that seized a Libyan al- Qaida suspect in Tripoli. Carney said the US supports Libya’s efforts to fulfil the aspirations of the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time authoritarian leader Muammar Gaddafi. Carney added Libyans deserve a democracy based on the rule of law and respect for human rights. He said the US will work closely with the Libyan government as it continues down that path.

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