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Westminster professor unsure about next Libyan government

Westminster College professor Assma Sawani.

Westminster College professor Assma Sawani.

FULTON — Assma Sawani, an accounting professor at Westminster College, isn’t sure what type of government will emerge in embattled Libya, the homeland of her entire family.

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“I hope Moammar Gadhafi is overthrown. All he controls now is the center of Tripoli, not even the surrounding area of the city,” Sawani said.

“I’m hoping that he is replaced with a democratic, representative-type of government that suits the people. But it’s hard to say that democracy as we know it is applicable to all places and all cultures. I’m not certain that it fits in every place. A democracy is kind of fluid, and it builds on an existing culture and norms of a society. I hope Libya ends up with a representative democracy. I won’t say it will be exactly like the United States,” Sawani said.

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