While the registration process for elections and an apparent political commitment to 'dialogue' represent tentative progress, there are still substantial obstacles to be overcome before the committee is formed, let alone the constitution drafted.
Just as the wandering elites of Damascus, Cairo or Tripoli seek
salvation in London, the peripatetic poor and needy of the very same countries
are drowning to the distant putting sound of an indifferent life-boat.
Deep rifts between Libya’s leaders have been laid bare and if they continue
to grapple with one another instead of facing up to the country's profound challenges, these fault lines could swallow the country whole.
The decision whether to intervene militarily in Syria should not be dictated by non-information, nor should the success or failure of Libya's revolution (and NATO's role in it) be prematurely judged on the same basis.
The 60 candidates who are eventually
elected must balance a huge range of competing issues and priorities in order
to draft a document which the majority of Libyans will accept, and which will
stand the test of time.
Should Egypt collapse into violence and disarray, supporting
the Army might well make the UAE look similar to how Iran and Qatar appear in
Syria - one sided backers in a conflict that pulls the country apart rather
than unifying it.
More than most, South Africa is expected to be a
defender and a promoter of human rights, because of its past. The country has
the potential to lead the way in pushing for a more democratic international
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Awareness has not necessarily translated into more investment in good governance or poverty-reduction programmes. Instead, the US has supported training of local special forces units in counter-terrorism.
Protests were motivated by what has become a two-year-long
struggle to force Libya's powerful militias to hand over the reins of military
power to the state security forces. Thirty-one people died on June 8.
Nobel Peace Prize laureate Leymah Gbowee was recently invited to Tripoli to
deliver a speech on the role of women in transforming conflict and leading
reconciliation in Libya. When she saw who was in the audience, she changed her
elections for the Constitutional Commission will be a step in the right
direction but to stop this process being hijacked or derailed the state has to
show some strength and follow through on their actions.