Friday, February 10, 2012

Opinion: What Challenges are Libyans Facing After February 17 Revolution?

I was a member of the Executive council at the National Transitional Council (NTC) during the uprising and liberation of Libya. To get a clearer picture of what the Libyan people are facing in the months to come, I will explain this further and how these issues can be resolved in the short term. The uprising by young men and women in Libya inspired all the people who wanted freedom and wanted to live in a democratic society.

Libya was demoralised by Gaddafi’s regime for over 42 years of oppression and injustice. Instead of distributing Libya’s wealth, or using it to build Libya, he gave the nation’s wealth to his family, friends and those close to him to spend on anything and everything.

The other most important issue is that during his regime Libya had a one man show for everything who denied the people experience, freedom to speak, to own properties, cars and businesses. He denied them even enjoying life with their wives and children. He destroyed the social values of Libyan society and also imposed the most brutal and unqualified and corrupt people to govern and demoralise the public in many ways.

For these reasons and many others, the 17th February uprising started everywhere in Libya and ended with the death of Gaddafi and one of his brutal sons, Muatassim, the capture of his other son, Seif, and many of his very close people. Many others escaped but I am sure that one day they will all be tried for their actions against Libya by a fair system of justice and implementation of Libyan law.

Challenges Libya Faces Today:

Security and national stability are the paramount concern to Libya and the international community. There are more than 200,000 freedom fighters registered by now and there are many weapons circulating amongst them and the general public. For those reasons no one is obeying the law and the country is lawless for the time being. Read More