“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.