With reference to the escalation in tone by the so-called ‘Cyrenaica Transitionary Council’ (CTC) as reported by Aljazeera Arabic on . . .[restrict]25th May 2012, I would say that I respect every Libyan’s rights even if it is the demand for a federal state. But I reject the way the CTC, which, to be honest, is not a legitimate body, has gone about it.
It is clearly a dictatorial way of imposing their agenda, which is rejected by fellow Libyans in the east, let alone the south and west. I also personally believe all Libyans should be equal in rights and responsibilities and that no Libyan should feel ‘marginalised’. But the problem is the whole of Libya has been marginalised by the former regime. If we were to compare between all the areas in Libya, the south of Libya is probably the most marginalised area — yet they have not set up an illegitimate body and and an ‘army’ — which they are using to threaten the rest of the country with civil war if their demands for a federal state is not met!!!
By forcefully demanding a federal state they are imposing their political view on the rest of the country because if Cyrenaica becomes a federal state then the other two ‘states’ would have to be federal states too (if we wanted to maintain national unity).
We did not collectively overthrow the dictatorship of Gaddafi to replace it with the dictatorship of Ahmed Zubair!
I am also for equal seats between all areas in Libya on the National Conference if it helps protect the national unity and spares spilling more blood as we are not voting for a government but for members of the Conference from whom members will be elected to formulate the constitution.
Whether Libya becomes a federal state or republic; this is a matter for the people to decide through the ballot boxes, not by a armed group of militias and their ‘king’ who is looking for his throne to sit on.”
Murad Shuweikh [/restrict]