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February 2013

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The guests at the reception organised by London’s Libyan embassy at the Intercontinental Hotel on the 2nd anniversary of the February 17 Revolution were upbeat about the revolution’s achievements and predicted a bright future for the country.

After the Libyan National Anthem was played the ambassador Mahmud Mohammed Nacua, made a short speech in Arabic and English in which he emphasised that the revolution has ended the rule of corruption and tyranny and changed the political course in Libya. “Our people have celebrated on 15th, 16th and 17th February as those days were the historic days that witnessed the first spark of the revolution,” he said.

“These celebrations reflected the social cohesiveness of the Libyan people through participating in public joyful celebrations without any violence, that contradicted the pessimistic predictions made by some parties. Our people have reiterated through these celebrations and organised arrangements for security that they are determined to continue building the new Libyan state, the state of democracy.”

He went on to say that among the most important achievements made by Libya last year was the free and fair election forming the National Congress and forming a consensus government.

He added: “The political and intellectual leaders of our country have emphasised their determination to build the new state. I salute with profound respect and admiration the people rebuilding Libya and directing the country’s prosperity and growth. Glory to the Libyan martyrs and their great sacrifices.

“I also take this opportunity to thank the countries and organisations that helped and supported the Libyan people and their revolution in rebuilding the country.”

Mr Nacuq also thanked the British government for its vital support during the last two years. “We are very grateful to all those who made for us the victory of the revolution,” he said.

Unlike celebrations organised by the Gaddafi regime, the reception was attended by many Libyans who spoke with pride about the achievements of the revolution.

Dr Nagi Barakat, a Libyan politician and former health minister in the National Transitional Council told The Tripoli Post that the people in Libya who celebrated the revolution sent a very strong message that they are behind the Libyan government. They also gave legitimacy to the government and congress. “This legitimacy is a very good achievement for the government,” he said.

“The second achievement is the election of the parliament which went very peacefully and another achievement is the announcement by the Interior Ministry that more than 23,000 revolutionary fighters have joined the army and police.

“The big challenge is stability and security in the country. That is a huge challenge for the government. And the challenge for the Libyan National Congress is to re-write the constitution and supervise the next elections.”

He concluded his comments to The Tripoli Postby saying: “We would like to send a strong message to the world that the Libyan revolution is a success and Libya will enter a different era. Libya will not be a rogue country anymore. It will be on the international scene as a strong nation.”

Giuma Bukleb the head of the press office in the Libyan Embassy in London said that the main achievement of the Libyan revolution so far is that it is still trying to stand on its feet. The celebration of the 2nd anniversary of the revolution showed that the Libyan revolution is protected by its people who came out and gave support to the government and the national congress.

“It sent a strong message to the outside world that the Libyan people are still fighting and protecting their revolution and they are there to protect it and keep it going.

“There is no chance that Libya will ever go back to the old days. The best thing the revolution did so far was to make the Libyan people believe in progress and democracy,” he said.

According to Mr Bukleb, the challenge is for the Libyan people to prove to themselves first and to the outside world that they are capable of achieving democracy and protecting it.

“Libya is a country for all people and everybody is under the rule of law and the constitution. No one is above that. The Libyan people who came out to celebrate sent a strong message to the outside world that they are with the revolution and they proved they are capable of making democracy happen in Libya,” Mr Bukleb said.

One of the guests celebrating with the Libyans in London was Khaled Duwaisan, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the UK. He described the Libyan revolution as a turning point for the Libyan people.

“Now they are witnessing a new and free life after 42 years of a dictatorship which closed their country. Now they can enjoy their wealth for themselves.

“The past regime was using the country’s wealth for its own aims but now Libyans are better off and we are sure that they will help us all in the Arab world with our development in peace.” he said.

Describing the Libyans as a “wonderful people,” he went on to say: “we will see them back in the Arab world with strength and harmony. They need the help of the people in the diaspora who will return and help to build a political and economic structure.

“Libya has huge land, huge wealth and few people. This will bring prosperity to the country. “

Mohammed Abdul Halim Professor of Islamic Studies at London University said that the Libyans and all who wish Libya well should celebrate this revolution with delight and hope for a future that is bound to be better.

He added that Libya is a great country with very nice people who had been hampered in the past for quite some time, “but now we hope they will settle down and move ahead.”

Mr Halim said that Libya is rich, and with the good support of the Arabs and the West they will do well. It may take some time for people to forget about their local identities and for what is left of the old regime to lose all hope and settle down to a new life. “There are no great forces to oppose the revolution. Nobody can put the clock back now,” he added.

A Libyan citizen, Mossadek Ageli said that the most important thing that was achieved by the revolution was getting rid of Gaddafi and his regime. “When the Libyans started the revolution they planned to get rid of Gaddafi but I don’t think they planned what they were going to do after. Libya’s regime was in power for 42 years.

“For me to understand what 42 years means I think of one of my nephews who was born in 1969. He has three children, his hair is white and he is 44 years old. He had a private education, then he went to a Libyan school, then he did his masters, then he started his masters and his children went to school.

“Gaddafi suppressed education, the health service, he suppressed anything that said: ‘I am Libyan’. Anybody who voiced an opinion was put in jail or was eliminated. Therefore the people became cowards.”

There was a book written many years ago about Libya and Ethiopia: A cure for serpents by the Duke of Perani who was looking after the Italian ruler when Libya was a colony of Italy.

The main theme of the book was that any tyranny thrives on ignorance and fear. This is what Gaddafi did to the Libyan people. So the aim of the revolution was to get rid of the regime.

“What will follow thereafter will take a long time – it is not a miracle. It is not something that will correct itself overnight.

“My nephew and his children will need another five, six or seven years to overcome the revolution that took place in 2011 and then they will need another five years to build themselves and understand what it means to be a person who is free and can do things properly rather than through corruption.

“In Islam there is saying which translates as God, will not change what is within a people until they change what is within themselves. So the Libyans have to understand that sincerity, honesty and integrity mean a lot and they have to take ownership of the revolution.

“You start with yourself at home so your children can see you have done the right thing. And when you go out don’t lie and cheat. Be the same person outside your house as you are inside your house. Your honesty should follow you. And if every Libyan did that the revolution will succeed,”

Source: Tripoli Post 

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