It has been one year since the infamous dictator, Muammar Gaddafi, left Libya in a hell-like state after he was killed by one of his own civilians. The world had no idea what was going to happen to Libya but one thing was for sure, things could only get better.
Finally, after 42 years of Gaddafi’s rule, democratic-style elections took place in Libya. The public were given a choice concerning the future of their country for the first time in decades; freedom was in reach.
Following the voice of the public, the National Transitional Council of Libya gave control of the country to Abdurrahim El-Keib, 62, who acted as interim Prime Minister from 24th November 2011 to 31st October 2012.
After rejecting El-Keib’s proposed cabinet, due to accusations that some of the people involved had connections to Gaddafi, the General National Congress appointed Ali Zeidan, 62, and after accepting his proposed ministers he took office on 31st October 2012 as Prime Minister.
At first sight Ali Zeidan, much like Abdurrahim El-Keib, seems perfect for Libya just because of the fact that he is anti-Gaddafi; this is surely the most important trait that the Prime Minister has.
However, it seems that no matter who the Prime Minister is, there will be social unrest for a long time to come.
It appears that the biggest problem that Libya is facing when trying to restore peace to the country, is the town of Bani Walid. Bani Walid is one of the last Gaddafi strongholds and is around 90 miles Southeast of the capital Tripoli.
Tens of thousands of residents have been driven out of their hometown because of bombings and killings in the town and government militias have been fighting for control of it.
Violence in Bani Walid was triggered by the killing of Omran Shaaban who was credited back in October 2011 of capturing and killing Muammar Gaddafi. Omran Shaaban was kidnapped in July by those described as Gaddafi supporters and kept for 50 days in Bani Walid.
He was tortured and shot and when he was finally released he was taken to France to be treated for his injuries. Shaaban later died in a hospital in Paris on 24th September 2012 at the age of 22. His body was flown back to Libya to the sight of huge crowds of people in mourning.
It is not surprising that the killing of the man, who I am sure most Libyans would call their saviour, has angered many Libyan people and so continues to keep the country in a state of unrest.
Although pro-government militias have now taken back control of Bani Walid and residents are starting to move back to their homes, even without running water or electricity, there are still other Gaddafi strongholds in Libya. There will always be Gaddafi loyalists; there will always be evil people in the world.
Fighting will never end in Libya, just like in every other country in the world there will always be battles between government and civilians and also civil wars. However, the only way is up, there is no way that the Libyan people can or will ever let the country go back to the state it was in when Gaddafi was in charge. Now the people have tasted freedom they will never go back to an autocracy; this in itself is an amazing accomplishment.
The new Prime Minister has said that one of his main aims to restore the country to democracy is to replace the army and police forces from the old regime with a newly trained group of security. This is the first step in claiming Libya back from Gaddafi’s clutches.
To reinvent Libya continues to be a humungous task, but I am confident that it is a task that can be accomplished because the people of Libya are willing to work together.
No matter how long it takes to get Libya to a civilised state of freedom and democracy, one day the thought of Gaddafi’s rule will seem like a terrible nightmare that Libyans and the world thankfully woke up from.