Basit Igtet Sets Out Plan To Restore Libya

Basit Igtet Sets Out Plan To Restore Libya

Detail: BENGHAZI, Libya, Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/

Basit Igtet, the Founder of the Independent Libya Foundation and a Special Envoy to the Libyan National Transitional Council, has published an ambitious “Plan for Libya” to help the Libyan people rebuild their country. Mr. Igtet, a businessman who describes the current leadership as disconnected from the Libyan people, wants to be an integral part of a new and dynamic Libya.

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Libyan politician keen on independent candidacy

Libyan politician keen on independent candidacy

Basit Igtet speaks to Radio France Internationale about Libya’s struggle to integrate rebel groups, and how he believes peace can be achieved through the rule of law and a focus on improving the economy. He also speaks about his independent candidacy and desire to empower the youth of Libya

Reading into Igtet’s plan to build Libya

Reading into Igtet’s plan to build Libya

By Mohamed El Asfar

You feel a sense of profound patriotism from the plan offered by Mr Basit Igtet through his website and Facebook page to lift Libya from the state of chaos and anarchy and put her in the correct place with firm feet on the ground to start with solid scientific, and practical steps, measured and calculated to shorten time and achieve better outcomes, to begin with determination and enthusiasm the positive phase of construction.

Where this plan is subject to several considerations that take into account the Libyan situation it is based on priority elements in the solution so that the wheel of construction runs without obstruction or inconveniences. Mr Basit focused on the national reconciliation issue between all the parties to be concluded fairly, preserving dignity for each team away from the terminology of victory and defeat. The only beneficiary of his plan for national reconciliation will be Libya.

The national reconciliation must start between the warring parties who were fighting each other on the front where Libyan blood was shed. When reconciliation is achieved we can start the settlement of the rest of the legal, social and customary procedures to make those parties who fought each other to forget their differences and concentrate all their efforts on a bigger and longer battle i.e. the construction of Libya, to place it among the civilized nations of the world.

If Mr Igtet can achieve this success in the field of national reconciliation – we will inevitably be proud of it – and he will teach the world an important lesson in love 2 and peace exactly similar to lessons provided by the sons of other Nations in India, South Africa and other States that were caught in the fire of grudge and death then that fire was extinguished to become roses and candles where the people learned to overcome all the pain of hatred and killing to replace it with peace and love.

Mr Igtet also thinks that another aspect of solving the national reconciliation problem is by resolving the problem of political isolation which was passed through the National Congress at gunpoint as we all know. The political isolation law excludes everyone who worked for the dictator Gaddafi since 1969. This caused the disintegration of the Congress and the resignation of prominent members in anticipation of decisions to exclude them even before the law takes effect.

In this context Mr. Igtet thinks that this law is unjust and unfair and it will burn itself. Mr Igtet has identified the disadvantage of this law i.e. depriving Libya of urgently needed competencies, especially at the present time. He reiterated that the law is unjust because it excludes all those who worked with Gaddafi which effectively means all the Libyan people. This is illogical and Mr. Igtet thinks that those who should be excluded are known and identified in a number of people involved in crimes against the Libyan people and whose hands are stained with Libyan blood and most of them are now in prison, others escaped and are living in exile and will be brought to justice in accordance with international law.

Mr. Igtet believes that the national reconciliation and the abolition of the political isolation law will free the Libyan nation and allows it to move freely towards the reconstruction process. He also has focused on introducing his plan for building the army suggesting it to be minimized and made up initially of small portable units well-trained, national functional units that can be trained in any developed nation, in addition to starting building a long term Libyan army step by step, armed with the latest weapons. He considered that a State without an army will have no prestige and that the army would stop all the lawlessness, chaos and insecurity. He reiterated that building the army is one of the most important issues because it constitutes the national security of the country; it safeguards its 3 borders and can be relied upon in cases of disasters and emergencies. Mr Igtet emphasized the fact that an army should not direct its guns towards its people but should in fact be their protector.

Mr Igtet praised the positive security situation especially with regards the borders that no one dared to violate during the reign of Gaddafi. This gives Mr. Igtet credibility in dealing with political matters in Libya as he does not depreciate the people’s efforts and commends the positive but criticizes the negative even with the opponents. In his plan about forming the army Mr Igtet did not exclude the rebels (some call them militias) and he considered them the children of Libya, and they should be taken as an advantage in the national reconciliation program to maintain security in accordance with an appropriate agreed legal form. These revolutionaries gave so much to Libya, there are the wounded and martyrs amongst them. If anyone excludes them or reduces their standing they will be unfaithful to the homeland, to freedom, and to the noble principles.

In the education area Mr. Igtet presented his plan and suggested to focus on educational reform in 2 plans: one short term and one long term plan, by sending graduates from colleges and secondary schools to do fast technical courses which do not exceed one year or one and a half year in all areas then return to the country and start operating. He supports the reform of university education through a modern curriculum and by sending students abroad.

Mr Igtet focuses on the youth for their close association with modern technology and their capacity for good thinking and their free brains, unlike the ideologyridden adults whose minds are saturated with poisons for the last 42-years. By focusing on the youth, we find that Mr Igtet’s plans have a future outlook. Because after almost five years of good training these youth will reach maturity and will contribute towards building the new Libya.

Mr Igtet talked about many problems and proposed solutions, e.g. the housing problem to which he suggested fast solutions, highlighting the fact that the housing problem would solve the problem of young people who want to get married, helping them to marry in better conditions and therefore be able to save all their energies and efforts to building their country. He also suggested 4 solutions to the health problem through health-insurance similar to that established in the developed countries. He said that international companies can be contracted in this regard where Libyans can then receive medical treatment in a country of their choice. He also suggested that there should be state of the art health units in every village and city. He identified that the Libyan people are suffering from diseases caused by unhealthy habits and poor conditions in years gone by.

You sincerely feel that Mr Igtet has a national sense of profound look through his plans. He is so enthusiastic in helping his country, with limitless indulgence, financially and politically during the outbreak of the revolution. He offered all his efforts and help from an invisible place, leaving his economic institutions that require his effort and care to give every effort and care to Libya that needed him at that time.

He took care of the financial side of the treatment of injured people urgently needing treatment in the best hospitals in many countries of the world, he helped displaced people, he sent medicines, ambulances and he commissioned some loyal Libyan youths to travel to locations in Tunisia and Egypt to assess the needs of displaced people and provide them with urgent needs, giving them a blank cheque to pay for any amount in the context of the logistical support for the Libyan Revolution, while he devoted himself to the most important political side which is to help bring international recognition and call upon the NATO countries and all nations of the world and draw their attention to the plight of the Libyan people. He did that before the mad dictator could succeed in his war against the Libyan people and annihilate them just like what is happening in Syria by the tyrant Bashar Assad.

This timely courageous stand by the son of Libya Mr Basit Igtet which is full of chivalry and gallantry make you want to thank him, respect and pay tribute to his noble efforts and support his stand in the media and that is the least one can do.

One can see the emergence of Mr. Igtet recently on the Libyan political platform offering plans, introducing himself as a candidate for any position from which he could serve Libya and solve its problems. This is not unusual for the son of this 5 nation whose family were persecuted by the dictator Gaddafi. The tyrant imprisoned and executed members of this family, and forced the finest of its youth to migrate and live in exile in foreign countries. But the homeland was always in their sights longing to return.

Mr. Igtet could have stayed in Europe, but his national sense and his pride for Libya and accepting the challenge to lead it to success after witnessing scenes of atrocities and death among its people and after hearing and witnessing of the large scale political and financial corruption and theft, which he said he paid tens of millions out of his own pocket to several companies specialized in tracking stolen money and found that there are huge funds have been stolen after the February Revolution by some people who abused their office or power or weapon. Mr Igtet thinks that if he succeeds in recovering this money – which is a legitimate right of Libya – it can contribute to positive change in Libya. He added that there are also the frozen funds, in various countries of the world.

Mr Igtet, refuses to give up, and would not leave his country to fall back into the hands of dictatorship or transform into a new Iraq engulfed in death and terror. He would join his people and contribute in solving problems and building the State of Libya. His plans deserve appreciation and respect and meanwhile can be criticized. He does not rely on any media to address his plans like other political affiliations in the Libyan arena because his plans are free from any agenda and party expectations.

I have written about the plans of Mr Igtet out of my own convictions and as I read them and followed them, they bear to reject violence and primarily open a big door to tolerance and love. As we have seen in the beginning of the revolution how the spirit of the whole nation unfolded in a city (Benghazi), we now hope to see people’s national manifestations as Mr. Igtet’s or others’ to unfold. People who would devote their efforts, their time and their money to serve Libya.

Basit Igtet’s interview with Maryline Dumas in La Tribune de Genève

Basit Igtet’s interview with Maryline Dumas in La Tribune de Genève

“Concerning security, Igtet is bold: “I will take the militias out of the cities. After that, if there are heavy weapons in the streets, I will ask the UN to intervene.”

“Basit Igtet has all the answers and talks to everyone. He has met the Islamist militia Ansar al-Sharia in Benghazi and members of the Council of Cyrenaica, who have blocked oil sites since July to protest against corruption. Igtet believes their claims to be valid, and plans to establish a committee of transparency.”

“[He] also wants to avoid bottlenecks that plague the Libyan economy : “we will distribute 5% of revenues of the National Oil Company to all Libyans . The principle is simple: we do not bite the hand that feeds us.”

This interview was originally published in the French language in La Tribune de Genève on 20th February 2014.

Basit Igtet meets Civic Society Leaders, Libya

Basit Igtet meets Civic Society Leaders, Libya

Basit Igtet met with Civic Society leaders and community members from Tripoli, Benghazi and Sebha. His objective was to introduce his Plan for Libya and in doing so, create an open dialogue amongst the group. With 30 people present; Mr Igtet shared his vision and answered questions posed by the group. A successful event for Mr Igtet; the feedback received was positive and the objective of the event was met.

Press Conference at Geneva Press Club – Libya and Europe My Vision

Press Conference at Geneva Press Club – Libya and Europe: My Vision

Friday, 7th March 2014 – 11:00


Grande salle de conférence, La Pastorale



Mr Basit Igtet

A former special Envoy to the National Transitional Council,

running for the post of Prime Minister in Libya


Basit Igtet is a Libyan businessman who lived as an exile in Switzerland during the Gaddafi years and is now running for the post of Prime Minister in Libya. According his statements, he aims to restore confidence within Libya and among the international community.

The descendent of a line of human rights supporters, Basit Igtet declares he wants to follows in both his grandfather and father’s footsteps with the vision of building a free, autonomous Libya.

His key policies include establishing an administration that can be trusted, holding a dialogue with the militias leading to disarmament, getting basic services working again and restoring oil production. He believes that a stable Libya will be an important neighbour for Europe both politically and as an energy producer.

He will set out his vision for Libya and answer questions from journalists.


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Tuesday, 11th March 2014

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Article published on Foreign Policy – The Candidate from a Different Planet

Friday, 21st March 2014

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