January 5, 2006 -- Libya will raise a statue showing former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein on the gallows.
The Libyan government said the statue will be erected alongside that of national hero Omar al-Mukhtar, who was hanged in the 1930s for leading the Libyan resistance against Italian occupation.
Flags on official Libyan buildings were flown at half-mast and celebrations to mark the festival of Eid al-Adha were cancelled following Hussein's hanging on December 30.
BEYOND THE HEADLINES. RFE/RL regularly hosts briefings and discussions with leading experts on our broadcast region. In 2006, some of the crucials topics were gas wars, elections in Belarus and Ukraine, Iran's nuclear program, and unrest in Central Asia....(more)
To receive RFE/RL briefing invitations and reports by electronic mail, send a message to email@example.com with "Subscribe" in the subject line.