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Local leaders react to Gadhafi's death

WAUSAU (WAOW) -- Republican Congressman Sean Duffy told Newsline 9 he is glad rebels in Libya can move forward, following the death of Moammar Gadhafi.

"I was pleased to see that a tyrant and a dictator has been removed from power. And his death is one more step toward liberating the world from these kind of tyrants," said Rep. Sean Duffy.

When the US became involved in NATO operations in Libya earlier this year, Duffy questioned the actions President Obama took, which he said he still has concerns with today.

"My concern was he didn't consult Congress. And so he had a window of time to engage in the activity but he continued to go on his own," said Rep. Duffy.

But he said he is pleased with Thursday's developments.

However with the former Libyan leader gone, University of Wisconsin Marathon County history professor Jeff Leigh said the violence might not be over yet.

"We don't know if there's going to be an insurgency, a guerilla warfare fought continually by the insurgents or by the loyalists. It's hard to tell. And of course we don't know what's going to happen with the interim government," said Leigh.

Congressman Duffy said the people of Libya still have work to do.

"I don't think the fight is over. They now have to continue to make sure a government is set up that will give them a voice, will give them a say in their government. And if they don't fight that, you can see tyranny take route again," said Rep. Duffy.

Leigh said he thinks this victory for the rebels in Libya could also give more confidence to protesters in other countries, such as Syria or Yemen, who are also hoping for change.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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