By Sami Zaptia.
London, 13 July 2017:
Former Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has refuted claims by some of his opponents that he has called for the division of Libya. The accusation was made by a group calling itself ‘‘the Political Coalition of the South’’ as a result of a recent visit to Sebha by Zeidan.
In a statement released by him and sent directly to Libya Herald, former prime minister Zeidan said that during his recent visit to Sebha he had not espoused any political programme or vision that would touch the unity or existence of Libya.
He also added that since he left office, he has been in constant contact with Libya and its affairs even though he has been residing in Germany. He said that he has visited Tobruk, Beida, Benghazi, Zintan Al-Asaba, Jufra Al-Shatti and others.
Asked by this writer as to why such an accusation was made, Zeidan indicated that it was a legacy from his days as PM and that it was made by a group with whom he had had a run in during his time in office.
Zeidan added that anyone who knew him would know his politics and outlook and that the unity of Libya was always paramount for him. However, he stressed that at the same time there is a need for Libya to get rid of marginalization and over-centralization.