Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas arrived at the United Nations today for the year’s biggest gathering of world leaders, bent on defying a threatened U.S. veto in the Security Council by seeking full membership.
Libya’s new leaders will be re- evaluating about $150 billion in contracts with international companies that were under way when the conflict that led to Muammar Qaddafi’s ouster began, according to a U.S. official.
Mustafa Abdel Jalil, the first cabinet minister to break ties with Libyan dictator Muammar Qaddafi, has won praise from his countrymen and Western leaders. Even so, it is unlikely that he will lead Libya after its transition from a dictatorship to a promised democracy.
Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi will win confidence votes next month that threaten to topple his government after securing a broader majority in parliament, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said.
Defeating Muammar Qaddafi may turn out to be the easy part for Libya’s rebels. Managing the aftermath will test the loose alliance of former exiles, Arab nationalists, Islamists and regime defectors who united to boot out the dictator.