oa African Yearbook of Rhetoric - The Gates of Tripoli : power and propaganda in post-revolutionary Libya

Volume 9 Number 1
  • ISSN : 2220-2188
  • E-ISSN: 2305-7785




Standing before a map of the country pinned to a blank wall and framed on one side by the Libyan flag, Khalifa Hifter, Field Marshall of Libya’s transitional government, announced to the world an “official end” to the UN-sponsored National Conference and the commencement of a new military operation to “cleanse” the country of “terrorists, gangs and outlaws”.1 Presenting himself in full military adornment, his torso positioned roughly before the Gulf of Sirte, the lifeline to Libya’s oil production, Hifter asserted that “Operation Dignity” (Ma‘rakat al-karama) did not constitute a military coup (inqilab ‘askari) but rather was the full-expression of his “popular mandate” (tawfid sha‘bi).2

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