Abdallah Al-Rafadi, the leader of the National Front Party has publicly stated that Libya’s journey towards democracy is facing significant resistance from both local and regional forces. This resistance, he claims, is a key factor in the ongoing political crisis in the country.
Al-Rafadi expressed his concerns, saying, “The considerable resistance that the democratic transition process is encountering from local and regional entities is one of the primary causes of the current political crisis in Libya.”
He further elaborated that “this resistance is not only impacting the democratic transition, but also contributing to various other crises that the nation is currently grappling with. The challenges to democratic progress are a major obstacle in Libya’s path towards stability and reform.”
On Saturday, the Libyan Parliament-designated Prime Minister, Osama Hammad voiced significant concerns regarding the perceived partiality of the United Nations Mission (UNSMIL) towards the rival Government of National Unity (GNU), headed by Abdel-Hamid Dbaiba, amid allegations of widespread financial and administrative corruption.
Hamamad asserted that such corruption “has been a key factor in prolonging conflict and division within Libya,” accusing the outgoing government of “misusing public funds for corrupt practices and buying influence.”
This statement was made during the Prime Minister’s attendance at the International Anti-Corruption Day celebrations, held at the Parliament headquarters in Benghazi.
During his speech, Hammad reinforced Libya’s long-standing commitment to combating corruption. He reminded attendees that Libya joined the International Anti-Corruption Agreement in 2003, and has established laws against corruption. As well as formed the National Anti-Corruption Authority in 2014, which functions under the legislative auspices of the parliament.