Libya Tribune

By Djilali Benyoub

He presents himself as the consensual candidate for a way out of the crisis in Libya.

A new actor yesterday emerged on the Libyan political scene by organizing a peaceful rally on the main Square in Tripoli.

Basit Igtet arrived yesterday at the Tripoli airport from Switzerland via Tunis to participate in “this historic event“, according to his words, to which he called. He thus places himself in an alternative to the institutions already in place that he accuses of having done worse in seven years than the Gaddafi in forty years.

He accuses all political actors of driving for posts. Just as he says he is not linked to any political party, neither to the residues of the Gaddafi regime nor to the Islamists managing with militias.

Neither Saraj nor Haftar, let alone Seïf El-Gaddafi, escaped his critical sharpness. He intends to impose change, bring peace, by popular mobilization.

His program is a questioning of the old system and its current men and others who do everything but politics. However, his arrival at the airport in Tripoli will contradict his remarks.

He was welcomed on his descent by two Islamist figures: Saber Ali Mansour Abu Turkia (son-in-law of the extremist preacher El-Ghariani) and Idriss Abdeslam Boukechata al-Aribi, companion of Abdelkrim Belhadj, leader of the Islamic group combatant reconverted in the policy of which the militias control Tripoli.

The Islamist current seems to have its side dubbed. The young native of Benghazi, a businessman based in Switzerland, who said he met the majority of political and military leaders, is revealing himself as the fashionable BCBG representative of the Islamist movement, Tunisian Ennahda or an Erdogan without arrogance.

The gathering took place as planned with basically the slogans against those he denounced while he was expected on a quiet speech. Moreover, another gathering against him was quickly improvised at the same place, Martyr Square.

The demonstrators denounced his presence in Tripoli, the Islamist fighting group, as well as the advisory council of Benghazi. It is therefore missed for him that wanted a thundering entry in Tripoli.

He is also betrayed by the timing he has chosen for his popular rally in Tripoli which will be followed by two others later, he said, one in the South and the other in Benghazi.

Indeed, this political event takes place one day after the meeting in Tunis of the parliamentary committee, which includes elected representatives of the Parliaments of Tobruk and Tripoli and representatives of the government of national unity, responsible, inter alia, for amendment to the Skhirat Agreement (Morocco).

This includes dissociating the presidential council from the government chief, two functions accumulated until then by Al-Saraj. Al-Saraj would inherit the sole function of head of government and Marshal Haftar could enter the council.

Under the agreement, a civilian will be appointed head of the Department of National Defense. Moreover, the Gaddafi clan can also enter the scene with the release of Seïf, their leader, and other white-collar detainees, who would impose themselves on the chessboard of national reconciliation.

A perspective that only the Islamists reject categorically. But this perspective seems to be making its way with the assent of some other currents in an agreement that will bring together all the trends and regions of the country.

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