#Gadhafi dead – another bad guy gone in the Arab world

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The Arab Spring has come full circle in Tunisia, residents just voted for the very first time on Sunday. Tunisia was where it all started in December when street vendor, Mohamed Bouziz, ended his life by lighting himself on fire. That sparked uprisings, and when the neighboring countries witnessed Tunisia’s success after ousting their President — Egypt, Yemen, Bahrain, Libya and Syria followed suit.

Hosni Mubarak stepped down after 18 days of protests but Egypt is still experiences conflicts with the interim government and the state military. There are still demonstrations that turn violent from time to time. With the death of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya just reached a milestone of their own. While celebrations are still lively in Libya, the question looming in the background is one that Libyans do not want to think about.

What comes next for a nation that has been lead with their hands tied behind their backs for 42 years?

Just yesterday, The National Transitional Council (NTC) declared liberation and that eight months from now, there will be a democratic election.

History is being re-written in the Middle East. Zine el Abidine Ben Ali, Hosni Mubarak and Moammar Gadhafi are all gone, after months of fighting and rallies, the people of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia can rejoice in some of their success. With another bad guy in the Arab world gone, it is up to the citizens to decide their fate, it is on their shoulders to elect a democratic government to better the nation in years to come.

NYT: In His Last Days, Qaddafi Wearied of Fugitive’s Life
Guardian: Gadaffi Dead: the front pages – in pictures
Al Jazeera English: In Pictures: A look back at Gadaffi’s reign