Narrated by the Crown Prince of Libya, Mohammed el Senussi, this short documentary film covers some of the key events in Libyan history between the years 1911 –1969.
Prince Mohammed el Hasan el Rida el Senussi (born 20 October 1962) is the son of Prince el Hasan el Rida el Senussi. Born in Tripoli, he is the legitimate heir to the Senussi Crown of Libya. Colonel Gadaffi overthrew Crown Prince el Senussi’s great-uncle King Idris on September 1st, 1969.
Prince Mohammed was appointed on 18 June 1992 as heir by his father to succeed him in death as Crown Prince and Head ofthe Royal House of Libya.
LONDON—Muhammad al-Senussi, the heir apparent in Libya’s overthrown monarchy, said the death of dictator Moammar Gadhafi on Thursday was a victory for peace, freedom and reform in his homeland.
Speaking from exile in London, the crown prince said a new chapter had begun in Libya’s history.
“The flag of freedom is now flying in Sirte and across Libya on this historic day,” he said, hailing the unity that helped “rid the country of evil”.
“There will be challenges ahead as we seek to rebuild our country. But if we show to the world that we are committed to democratic change and continue to display the unity that has led to victory then Libya will succeed and prosper.
“Freedom, education, healthcare and sharing the nation’s wealth — all of which have been cruelly denied to Libyans for more than 40 years — must become the new cornerstones of our society.”
Libya’s 1951 constitution created a constitutional monarchy with his great uncle, Idris al-Mahdi al-Senussi, as the king. He was overthrown by Gadhafi in 1969.
“The new Libya must be organised under the rule of law and there is no greater time than right now to demonstrate that commitment by ensuring there are no acts of vengeance against Gadhafi’s supporters and that justice is dealt with by the courts,” the crown prince said.
“Today begins a new chapter in our history. I look forward now with confidence that the people of Libya will build a future we can all be proud of.
“Now is the time… to put the era of terror and oppression behind us.”
The crown prince, who also paid tribute to the rebel fighters who ousted the Gadhafi regime from power, made no mention of returning to Libya himself yet.