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Uncertain future for Libya as new books track the country's past

Two recent books tell the story of the uprising that toppled Muammar Qadhafi. But the new country’s future is still up for grabs

Libyans voted for new rulers on 7 July, less than a year since the tyrant who ruled their country for more than four decades was executed near a sewage drain close to his birthplace of Sirte. On paper, the election should kick-start a process that will turn Libya into a constitutional democracy at break-neck speed. Those elected this month will become members of a new congress charged with finding a prime minister within a month and drafting a constitution within four. Then new elections for a parliament will take place sometime next year. By 2013, the one-man show of Qadhafi’s Great Socialist Libyan People’s Jamahiriya, the verbose and ridiculous name he bestowed on his country, should be

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