While the registration process for elections and an apparent political commitment to 'dialogue' represent tentative progress, there are still substantial obstacles to be overcome before the committee is formed, let alone the constitution drafted.
Deep rifts between Libya’s leaders have been laid bare and if they continue
to grapple with one another instead of facing up to the country's profound challenges, these fault lines could swallow the country whole.
The decision whether to intervene militarily in Syria should not be dictated by non-information, nor should the success or failure of Libya's revolution (and NATO's role in it) be prematurely judged on the same basis.
The 60 candidates who are eventually
elected must balance a huge range of competing issues and priorities in order
to draft a document which the majority of Libyans will accept, and which will
stand the test of time.
Protests were motivated by what has become a two-year-long
struggle to force Libya's powerful militias to hand over the reins of military
power to the state security forces. Thirty-one people died on June 8.
elections for the Constitutional Commission will be a step in the right
direction but to stop this process being hijacked or derailed the state has to
show some strength and follow through on their actions.
How will this Political Isolation Law benefit Libya? The manner in which it was passed has set a precedent for rule by intimidation and has undermined Libya's transition towards democracy, justice and rule of law.
Is the answer better law enforcement so Libyans are dissuaded from illegally consuming potentially poisoned alcohol, or should the Libyan government consider legalising alcohol so that those who choose to drink can do so safely?
While many foreigners working in Libya are genuinely interested in helping the country move forward towards a more stable future, it seems very unlikely that this is the case for these western mercenaries.
By blackmailing the state and disrupting crucial legislative work, protesters are doing more to harm to the aims of the revolution than probably even the most diehard Gaddafi supporter could manage at this moment in time.
There was much hype about Libya's deteriorating security situation. However anyone who experienced the celebrations in Libya this year would have been hard placed to match these descriptions to the reality. Martyrs' Square itself was incredible.
Libyans want stability. They want to live in a clean, safe, free society where rule of law and justice is paramount. However given the turmoil of the past few years and the weakness of the government, opinion is clearly divided over the best way to ensure such a society can blossom.
The GNC proposed moving to Bayda in order to avoid the deteriorating security situation in Tripoli when they should have been showing their strength and determination by trying to solve the root of the problem, notably the militias.
A year on from Libya’s liberation many aspects of life have improved. The Libyan public, however, still needs to use their new found voice to stop the militias from hijacking their revolution, and call for peace and reconciliation instead of force and violence.
These armed men think, act and make demands on the basis that they are revolutionaries, yet there is no longer a revolution to be fought. Once the heroes of the story, they have now become the villains.
People took to the streets of Tripoli and Benghazi on
Wednesday night holding banners with messages such as ‘Chris Stevens was a
friend to all Libyans’ and ‘Sorry people of America. This is not the behaviour
of Islam or our prophet’.