WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15), a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, issued the following statement on the death of Muammar Qaddafi.

“Since 1969, the eccentric and erratic Muammar Qaddafi concentrated his power in Libya by repressing the freedom of its people. In addition to his tyrannical leadership, Qaddafi’s unabashed support for terrorism and alliances with other oppressive international leaders made him a global pariah. I am hopeful his death will bring an end to months of bloodshed in Libya and allow the nation to emerge as a stronger, more stable member of the international community.

“The National Transitional Council (NTC) must now focus on ensuring, for the first time in decades, the Libyan government works for the good of the people rather than its ruler. While Qaddafi’s death certainly represents a major step toward achieving stability in Libya, the NTC will face many difficult challenges in establishing a new government. I am confident the United States will continue to support the Libyan people during this historic transition.”