Muslim Brotherhood goes public with Libya summit

BENGHAZI, Libya  - The Muslim Brotherhood held its first public conference on Libyan soil on Thursday after being banned for decades, and used the platform to set a moderate tone, calling for a broad national reconstruction effort.
As Libya emerges from a bloody civil war, many observers believe the next elections could pit religious political groups against secular parties, with better-organized Islamists such as the Brotherhood having a tactical advantage.
Speaking nine months to the day after the start of theuprising against Muammar Gaddafi that eventually ended his42-year rule, Libyan Muslim Brotherhood leader SuleimanAbdelkader praised the rebellion and called on Libya's factionsto unite.
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