Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The revolution belongs to all Libyans, secular or not

Politicians' dangerous attempts to exclude some participants in the revolution risk alienating Libya's Islamists

Abdel Hakim Belhaj
guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 27 September 2011

"...One of the most serious challenges facing us is how to repair the rifts Gaddafi created within Libyan society. Only a transparent political system can establish a democratic government that will ensure the participation of all Libyans. We must resist attempts by some Libyan politicians to exclude some of the participants in the revolution. They are unable to see the huge risks of such exclusion, or the serious nature of the reaction of the excluded parties.

After what we have suffered under Gaddafi, we are determined not to allow any individual or entity to monopolise the management of the country lest it lead to a rebirth of a new dictatorship.....

...However, the future of Libya is for the Libyans alone to decide. We cannot compromise on sovereignty or allow others to interfere in our internal affairs, position themselves as guardians of our revolution or impose leaders who do not represent a national consensus...."

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