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Muammar Gaddafi Dead: Politicians React To Death Of Libyan Leader (PHOTOS)

First Posted: 10/20/11 12:15 PM ET   Updated: 12/20/11 05:12 AM ET

After news broke on the death of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday, it didn't take long for reaction from across the political spectrum to pour out.

HuffPost's Josh Hersh reports:

Gaddafi was killed after rebel forces stormed his hometown of Sirte, where the last reinforcements of Gaddafi-loyal troops hid out, according to multiple reports. An official of Libya's transitional government has informed the U.S. government of the killing, the Associated Press reported.

Gaddafi's death suggests that the violent revolution may come to a close without spiraling into all out civil war or an Iraqi-style insurgency, although many issues surrounding Libya's future remain unsolved.

Below, a slideshow highlighting political reaction to the death of Gaddafi:

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President Barack Obama addressed the death of Muammar Gaddafi on Thursday.

Speaking Thursday from the White House Rose Garden, the president said the Libyan people now have the opportunity to determine their own destiny. He said they also have a great responsibility to build a tolerant and democratic Libya.

"The rule of an iron fist inevitably comes to an end," he said.


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