Libyan prime minister Abdurrahim El-Keib gave a talk today at Chatham House about Re-establishing The State. The politician, said his nation under Colonel Gaddafi "was a country where Libyans felt like aliens" and where people lived "as close as you can get to the poverty line".
Saying that citizens "lived in fear of the security apparatus", he spelt out his objectives for the country after elections are held on June 19 - for which 2.5 million people have registered to vote.
The premier said life had already changed in the short time since Gaddafi's downfall with freedom of the press, human rights and transparency as cornerstones of life. "These are special values that caused the revolution to take place," he said.
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A man, apparently armed with a small axe and a large stick, was detained close to the event and police cleared the area as a precaution.