Libya’s New Prime Minister Calls For Unity

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Libya’s Prime Minister-designate, Fathi Bashagha claimed that the February 17 revolution was “a natural result of accumulations of injustice, marginalization, tyranny, and exclusivity of opinion.”

In his speech on the revolution’s 11th anniversary, Libya’s PM stated that all Libyans were “suffering from a low quality of life, the collapse of infrastructure, the halt in development for decades, and international sanctions.”

He pointed to the suffering of people from “severe political divisions, serious security disturbances, injustice and extremism, which have led to bloodshed, displacement of innocent people, and looting of livelihoods over the years.”

Bashagha stressed the need to resort to reason, and that the revolution must be inclusive of all citizens, “whether believers in February or supporters of the previous regime.”

He added that all political tendencies are embedded in patriotism. As well as emphasising the need to “benefit from experiences and fulfil sacrifices, through national reconciliation.”

Notably, Libya’s Parliament Speaker, Ageela Saleh stated that people must “turn the pages of the past, renounce hate speech, and support the Stability Government in rebuilding the country.”

In a speech on the 11th anniversary of the February 17 revolution, Saleh added that national reconciliation is the basis for “building bridges of trust between Libyans.”

He praised the recent direct intra-Libyan dialogue, which resulted in a new political roadmap. As well as leading to a new timetable for Presidential and Parliamentary elections to be held.

The Speaker also discussed the formation of a committee of experts to amend the draft constitution. “This committee will produce a consensual constitution, after the Stability Government is given confidence. The government begin creating a safe security and economic environment, and remove the force majeure that has impeded the holding of the elections on time,” he said.