PCMLE: The Rebels and the National Transitional Council in Libya

En Marcha, September 13, 2011

When much of the Libyan territory has been taken by the rebels, with the help of a military coalition led by the United States, Britain, France and Spain and has established the so-called National Transitional Council, the question that people ask is, “Who are these rebels, who make up this National Transitional Council?” Now the rebels are, undoubtedly, a diverse group serving oligarchic and imperialist interests who achieved their political goals thanks to the military support of NATO.

These self-styled rebels in the process of armed struggle against Gaddafi, put aside the real opposition forces and remained isolated without the initial role of the popular rebellion in Libya. The next step to this phenomenon was to organize the National Transitional Council with deserting generals and officers of the armed forces, government ministers and politicians that left  Gaddafi alone and constituted in the city of Benghazi. The parallel government was soon recognized by the United States and most European countries with the clear aim of establishing the bid with the government of Muammar Gaddafi and control of oil wells, the reconstruction of the devastated Libya and the distribution of profits among countries of the coalition, following the military intervention.

The National Transitional Council is led by Mahmoud Jabril as Prime Minister, an economist close to the United States and Britain, and a PhD in political science and strategic planning at the University of Pittsburgh (USA). Responsible for the economic policy of Muammar Gaddafi during the last decade, a hardened  neo-liberal and negotiator of the Libyan contracts with imperialism. The cabinet includes former generals, government ministers and politicians who have abandoned Gaddafi. The interim government was led and promoted by the major imperialist forces under the strategy to ensure the business of big business and imperialist corporations. The Board Chairman is former justice minister, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who in recent years has enabled penetration of the economic interests of the imperialist powers into Libya. The National Transitional Council maintains the so-called Libyan People’s Army, 8,000 military professionals that control most of the oil wells and port terminals. The former interior minister, Abdul Fathah Younis, general repressor of opposition forces, declared himself Commander in Chief of the armed rebel forces, considered the number two of the government of Muammar Gaddafi, was killed in unclear circumstances.

Under the backdrop of real opposition is challenged to fight for the final release of the Libyan people from imperialism and internal enemies under the guidelines of scientific socialism.


Published by Victor Vaughn

Anti-revisionist Marxist-Leninist, monarch of Latveria, owner, National Secretary of the American Party of Labor (APL) and operator of "The Espresso Stalinist" blog.

One thought on “PCMLE: The Rebels and the National Transitional Council in Libya

  1. Most of this piece seems IMO solidly based, but I have a few questions. First one is about the reference to “the real opposition forces”: I’d like to know just who is meant? And how the author became aware of their existence?
    Prior to last February 17, I had little knowledge of Libyan realities, and so initially accepted reports of a “popular protest movement demanding democratic change”, but after reading Cynthia McKinney’s emails, I realized I needed to study & research before taking a position.
    My research then and more recently indicates that this Libya version of a “color revolution” was planned and organized in Wash DC and Paris beginning at least two years before the outbreak of “protests” in Benghazi, organized not by “progressive-minded students” but by descendants of bigshots under King Idris.
    Thus there never was any “real protest movement”. It was all a Nato/ZioImperialist scam from the jump.

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