United Nations envoy in Libya told the Security council yesterday that the country is still facing a number of challenges in ensuring that its democratic transition proceeds peacefully,two years after the fall of dictator Col .Muammar Gadaffi.
“It is more evident today that pre-conceived ideas about political transition are likely to be a recipe for disappointment, if not failure,” Tarek Mitri, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), said in his briefing to the 15-member body.
“Free and fair elections may have augured a democratic process but they raised more expectations than what the political institutions and forces have been capable of meeting,” he stated.
“Today, there is a sense of skepticism, and perhaps of rejection, with which the Libyan people view the political process. But this should not be mistaken for a loss of faith in national unity, democracy and the rule of law. Their commitment to the principles for which they fought their revolution remains deep.”
Mitri added that the last three months have witnessed “pronounced political disagreements” among the various political forces, he said. The main political blocs within the General National Congress decided, separately, to suspend their participation as organized political parties, in the work of national political institutions.
“Although partially reversed, these decisions were in large part a reaction to widespread popular discontent with political parties and reflected an accentuated polarization in public life.”
He also noted that the “recent and severe” disruption of the country’s oil exports, following protests at a number of terminals, has grave consequences for Libya’s economic stability.