UK prime minister David Cameron:
Prime Minister David Cameron said the death of the former dictator was an occasion to remember his victims, while hailing it as a chance for a "democratic future" for Libya.
The Prime Minister continued: "People in Libya today have an even greater chance after this news of building themselves a strong and democratic future. I am proud of the role that Britain has played in helping them to bring that about and I pay tribute to the bravery of the Libyans who helped to liberate their country. We will help them, we will work with them and that is what I want to say today."
In a short, sombre statement outside 10 Downing Street, Cameron said Libyan interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil had confirmed to him that Gaddafi had been killed in his hometown of Sirte on Thursday.
"I think today is a day to remember all of Colonel Gaddafi's victims, from those who died in connection with the Pan Am flight over Lockerbie, to Yvonne Fletcher in a London street, and obviously all the victims of IRA terrorism who died through their use of Libyan Semtex," he said.
“The death of Muammar el-Qaddafi is good news for the people of Libya. It should bring the end of conflict there, and help them move closer to elections and a real democracy.
“The United States should work closely with Libya to ensure the transition is successful, and that a stable, peaceful nation emerges.
“The U.S. must also take an active role in ensuring the security of any remaining stockpiles of Qaddafi's weapons. These weapons pose a real danger to the United States and our allies, and we cannot help secure them through simple observation.”
Mitt Romney (on the Randy Renshaw radio show):
Randy Renshaw: “There’s late breaking news this morning that Muammar Qaddafi may have been killed. Your immediate reaction to that if that’s the case.”
Mitt Romney: “I have seen those reports and if accurate I think the response is ‘About time.’ This was a tyrant who has been killing his own people and of course is responsible for the lives of American citizens lost in the Lockerbie attack. And I think people across the world recognize that the world is a better place without Muammar Qaddafi.”
U.S. senator Marco Rubio:
Justice has been done today. For decades, Muammar Gaddafi terrorized the Libyan people, bankrolled international terrorism and spread instability among its neighbors. He masterminded numerous terrorist attacks that resulted in the death of hundreds of fellow Americans. We are impressed with the tenacity of the Libyan people in reclaiming their freedoms and honor the service of American and NATO forces that courageously assisted on this endeavor. Gaddafi has now joined the list of failed and disgraced tyrants that have faced justice from their own people. We still have a long and arduous road ahead as we partner with the free Libyan people to build a more prosperous and democratic future.
U.S. senator Mark Kirk:
Today marks the end of Qadhafi's reign and a new opportunity for freedom, prosperity and a voice in the global community for Libyans. The Administration, especially Secretary Clinton, deserve our congratulations.