Date: 14 June 2012
Mr. Basit Igtet met with President Martinelli of Panama at the Palace of Herons. President Martinelli expressed his support for the efforts of the National Transition Council to establish a democratic Government with freedom and peace for all Libyan people.
“The Panamanian people supported the efforts of the NLC and all those struggling for freedom and peace on behalf of the Libyan people. It is our sincere hope that this difficult situation is resolved quickly and that freedom lovers can celebrate a successful outcome in the near future. “ – President Martinelli
Mr. Basit Igtet shared appreciation on behalf of the NTC, the people and citizens who also seek to build a free Libya. “Let me express my deep appreciation to you and the Panamanian people for this timely recognition. I appreciate your leadership and willingness to support this worthy cause.
President Juan Manuel Santos met with delegates from the National Transitional Council of Libya. The delegation included Mr. Basit Igtet and Mr. Mustafa Abdul Jalil.
The President, Manuel Santos stated that the Libyan people deserve a government that respects human rights, freedom and democratic values.
Mr. Igtet shared the intent of the Council to protect the human rights of all Libyan citizens; and give respect to the process of building a democratic state.
“We have the eyes of the free world watching Libya. We will not let down our Colombian friends, nor the Libyan people during this process of reconstruction and reconciliation” – Mr. Igtet.
The National Transitional Council was formed to act as the political leadership of the revolution. Officially established on March 5, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya, the Council is unicameral and consists of 33 members representing various Libyan cities.
Date: 25 October 2012
Basit Igtet intends to enable good relations between Libya and potential international investors. His discussion with Chairman Kang focused on how Libya and Korea could work together to strengthen Economic, Industry and Trade links. They agreed to explore potential avenues through infrastructure investment and partnerships in key economic areas; Korea could support the ‘rebirth’ of Libya.
Coverage of this event has been published by: Korean Media Source
Date: 16 November 2013
According to reports; the attacks on peaceful protestors in the Gargour area of Tripoli have left more than 40 innocent people dead and over 400 men and women of all ages wounded. These statistics fill me with sorrow. I send my condolences to the families of the victims – they are the innocent martyrs of our country. I am praying to God Almighty that he inspires peace, helps heal the wounded and takes care of the grieving by protecting them from further evil.
There is no doubt that this situation of extreme on-going tension – especially in Tripoli – indicates clearly how the current government have failed to achieve minimum levels of security and stability. Their attempts to build a rule of law, now more than two years after the Liberation, have also failed. I have watched the state of Libya deteriorate and seen the country suffer in all areas; security, economy, society, the list goes on.. In general Libyans point the finger at Prime Minister Mr. Al Zaidan as he is in the position of responsibility. It is his weakness and inability to provide necessary solutions that has left Libya in turmoil and the Libyan people far from their dream of a free and prosperous country. It is on Prime Minister Mr Ali Zaidan’s watch that Libya has failed to reconstruct it’s military, police and security. The country is now left with no protection for it’s institutions but more importantly, no security for it’s people and their property. The government can also be held responsible for the severe delay in educational and health services as well as the continued deterioration of infrastructure and the economy. All these important aspects of Libyan society are failing.
With all this in mind, and with the interest of Libya’s evolution my primary concern, I invite Mr Ali Zaidan to offer his resignation from office and afford the Libyan people the opportunity to choose a suitable leader to help them overcome this crisis. In this delicate phase of Libyan history, I propose we let the Libyan people choose a leader to support them in the building of new constitution.
God save Libya from all evil and let God Almighty give us the strength to perform our duty.
Date: 12 March 2014
The story of the alleged ‘North Korean’ Oil Cargo ship has been dominating both international and Libyan headlines. This ship appears to have changed allegiance several times in the past few weeks (in late February it flew a Liberian flag) and further investigation has revealed the owner of the vessel to be Sea Bride Shipping who belong to a parent company based in Sharjah (United Arab Emirates).
We are using all our resources; political contacts and combined efforts to return this asset to its rightful owner – Libya. We must preserve and protect the sovereignty of our country. This oil represents the wealth of the Libyan people and must not be stolen. It is imperative that we return this ship to Libya as soon as possible.
We will keep you informed on the result of our negotiations. We will do all that we can to uphold our nation.
Abdul Basit Igtet
Date: 09 April 2014
My main objective is that the Libyan people should build their future on the firm foundations of a well-functioning and prosperous country. I have come to the conclusion that the best way for me to bring that about is to stand as President once the new constitution is in place – when you, the Libyan people, will have the opportunity to make a democratic choice.
I believe firmly that the new President should be President of all the country – and not just Tripoli. I will therefore shortly be opening offices in five key towns outside the capital, to be able to listen and respond to all our people.
I know already how much you are concerned about security, and about basic services such as housing and roads and schools and hospitals. But the problems in one town are different from the problems in another. So, starting in two weeks time, I intend to travel round our country and learn about the views of the local people.
I will take my professional team with me. They will listen to your voice and adapt our policy plans to your immediate needs. Our priorities have to become your priorities – that is real democracy.
My Presidency will be your Presidency. Your President for your Libya.
Date: 07 May 2014
Like many other Libyans, I have an abiding concern for our national interests. It is most important that all the sons of our great Arab Libyan people make a concerted effort to serve our nation, its security and stability, and to consolidate the social bonds of brotherhood, love, peace, unity and tolerance and constructive cooperation for the general good of our beloved country.
It was therefore with great sadness that I witnessed the events in the National Conference on Sunday 4th of May. This was a process that should have been transparent and democratic – especially because we have had to wait for decades of precious time to arrive the historic moment of choosing the head of Executive power in the country.
Instead, what happened during the so-called “election” for the post of interim President of the Transitional Government has actually increased the political deadlock in which the Conference found itself – and this in a body whose mandate had long expired.
Like all honourable Libyans, I deeply regret to see the way that meeting simply reflected the chaotic situation which has existed since the overthrow of the dictatorial regime that Libyans had to bear for more than four decades.
The resulting chaos underlines the degree to which the warlords have their hands on the political rudder within our country. They are driving our nation towards the abyss, as is clearly demonstrated by the insistence of certain groups on the validity of a decision that can only be viewed with deep suspicion.
Mr Saleh Al-Makhzoom, second Vice President of the National Conference, was elected as a representative of the Muslim Brotherhood, under pressure from the group “Honouring the blood of the Martyrs”. He insisted on conducting the hearing filed by Mr Ezzeddine Al-Awami, a Senior Vice President of the Conference representing the Presidency, to continue the discussion of agenda items that had been adjudicated.
This was a clear violation of our country’s provisional constitutional declaration and a violation of the “constitutional” decision of the Conference in regard to the choice of the Prime Minister. It was also clear manipulation of the rules governing the work of the Conference.
The controversy surrounding the choice of Libya’s Prime Minister reflects the conflict taking place inside the National Conference. A large number of the Libyan people – who’s opinion cannot be ignored – consider that this Conference suffers from almost total paralysis in its performance. This fact will certainly reflect negatively on the election of the new Parliament.
We all saw the reaction to events in the National Conference when on Wednesday, May 7 the situation worsened again in the oil ports, a crisis that was on the way to resolution. The armed overlords of the oilfields announced that they did not accept the results of the elections. This can only serve to increase and deepen the problem and complicate the crisis.
In view of this democratic imbalance, I decided to distance myself from running in the election. Their results were a foregone conclusion before they even started, contrary to all the basic principles of democracy.
The result has disrupted the State institutions and I therefore ask for the following solutions:
To the Honourable Ahmed Maitiq, I say – you must distance yourself from this conflict, and dissociate yourself from the deepening crisis so that Libya can come out of the bottleneck in which it has become entangled by this Conference. You must apologize to the Libyan people for the oath that you took. You should apply for the post that you want when you are able to create a Government of real national reconciliation.
To the National Congress, I say – you must create a caretaker Government, drawn from the existing Government. This Government should perform its duties until the election of the next Parliament, when the country’s President can be elected by popular vote and who can enable the Government to accelerate the pace of our stagnant national economy.
Finally, I say to Mr Ahmed Maitik, if you insist on taking this post you should demand that your supporters within the National Congress, who gave you 121 votes to win confidence in the Government, restart another round of election by secret ballot so that your government can be certain of passing the confidence vote when it is submitted to the Conference later.
The referendum on the new Prime Minister is illegal. The election of Mr Maitiq is void and contrary to the law; it cannot be invoked and implemented. The current Government must continue as a caretaker until an alternative Government is elected with sufficient confidence and in accordance with the proper legal and constitutional procedures.
May Allah help us all to serve Libya.
Long Live Libya
Abdul Basit Hasan Igtet
May 7, 2014