Politics & Economics

Conference in Libya highlights the importance of reconciliation and elections

North Africa

A conference was recently held in Libya that discusses the importance of reconciliation and improving democratic institutions in the country.

With Libya seemingly heading towards the right direction after the conclusion of the Palemero conference that brought together Libyan leaders to agree on a roadmap for the country, a grand conference was held in Libya, which seeks to highlight the importance of national reconciliation and holding of elections in the country.

The conference, which is considered part of the consultative process of the Libyan National Forum, hosted a number of Libyan experts who attempted to provide the next steps for the process of national reconciliation. The attendees agreed that there is a close relationship between reconciliation and the upholding of the constitutional and electoral processes in Libya.

Following the fallout that occurred after fall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in 2011, the country’s social fabric was torn with many Libyans caught up in the infighting that occurred between the different militias that prospered in the security vacuum that occurred.

However, seven years after the initial fallout, Libyan leaders have agreed that the country should move past the differences in order to rebuild the country and restore the rights of the citizens.

At the conference that was held recently, attendees studied the factors and conditions that are needed to begin the process of national reconciliations. Among these factors are the healing of feelings, the need to expedite the transitional period, and the restoration of an impartial judiciary in the country.

Several organisations throughout the country have been individually attempting to provide psychological training to teachers and citizens who will then use their training in order to heal the societies that they work and live in. This is very important to the process of national reconciliation as it helps citizens move past the horrors that they witnessed during the years of conflict.

Participants of the conference also expressed their resentment towards the obstruction of the electoral process by some politicians who have put personal interests ahead of the country’s interest.

At the end of the conference, the attendees unanimously agreed that for the reconciliation process to begin, Libyan leaders must have the people’s interest in mind and that they must expedite the electoral process to end the transitional period.

The voice of the Libyan people must be heard by their leaders and the international community who should support the people’s fight to bring about stability in the country.

For years, Libyans have voiced their willingness to move past their differences for the country to move forward. The time is now ripe for Libyan politicians, supported by the international community to heed to the call of Libyan citizens and help Libya progress towards an age of peace and reconstruction.