By Sami Zaptia.
London, 15 March 2021:
During his speech at the swearing-in ceremony for the Government of National Unity (GNU) before parliament in Tobruk today, Presidency Council head, Mohamed Menfi summarized the GNU’s tasks in its short term in office as solving bottlenecks of services and goods to citizens, preparing for the 24 December elections and starting the process of reconciliation. Here is his speech in full:
‘‘We wish you success at this beginning, and we know that this is a short period of eight to nine months in order to accomplish a set of tasks, the first of which is related to the government and the executive tasks of solving some bottlenecks that concern the citizen.
We hope that the Prime Minister and the ministers will focus on creating the appropriate atmosphere in order to reach the main point that we all want, which is the elections at the end of this year, specifically on December 24th.
We emphasize the important rule, which is social reconciliation, and if the citizen can see that the livelihoods have improved, even with a small part of some of the things that the Speaker of Parliament talked about and everyone knows about the problems of liquidity, electricity and other things that are not hidden from the Prime Minister and the ministers, and the second point is reconciliation Patriotism and its establishment, and we cannot reach a final reconciliation at the end of the year unless we were able to form the nucleus of this reconciliation, so at the end of the year we will all reach elections where we will hand over power, whether the authority is sovereign, executive, or other, to the people, where they choose whoever represents them in the next phase.
Thank you for this day, which we consider the beginning of a victory for the Libyans, so that we can consolidate the values of democracy in Libya during this period and the coming periods.”