Tripoli, 15 April:
A new political party, The Party of Free Libyans, was announced in Tripoli on Saturday. It joins the dozens . . .[restrict]of others formed since the liberation of Libya last autumn.
The new party’s leader, Mohammed Allagi, who is president of Libya’s National Council for Civil Liberties and Human Rights and who served as the country’s justice minister in the Mahmoud Jibril administration last year, said in a press conference that one of its main objective was a constitutional state that reflected the aspirations of women and young people. These, he said, constitute around 75 percent of Libya’s civil society.
The party said it would also focus on providing a decent living for all Libyans, a free economy, The creation of the judiciary system that protects and defends human rights and the creation of a free, independent media.
Allagi said that the party would be open to all Libyans and would show toleration to all. It would pardon everyone involved with the old regime except those with blood on their hands or those who have stolen public funds.
The aims of the new party are virtually identical to those of Jibril’s 17 February Coalition of parties and groups. He too has been focusing on women and young voters who, it is generally reckoned, will hold the key to June’s elections to the constituent assembly.
There is no indication so far that Allagi intends to join Jibril’s coalition.