I think we’ve gained many freedoms in the past year, especially in the media. Since Libya’s liberation, seven new television stations have been launched, and six more are waiting to be green-lighted. Five new newspapers have been founded, too. They’re doing good work and covering all aspects of the news, including criticism of the NTC.
Some people complain that some members of the NTC were leading figures in Gaddafi’s regime [Editor’s Note: The most prominent example is the head of NTC, Mustafa Abdel Jalil, who served as justice minister under Gaddafi]. However, apart from some expatriates who returned to Libya to help lead the new government, who else has the experience and qualifications to manage the country? Because of Gaddafi’s iron rule, Libyans simply don’t have a tradition of politics. These former officials are, for now, the most qualified leaders. You also have to make the distinction between those who sided with Gaddafi until the end and those that abandoned him early on. No one currently in the NTC sided with Gaddafi until the end.
The real problem in Libya today is that weapons are everywhere
. The government has asked all former rebels to join the national army or give up their weapons, but many have disobeyed.
Of course we haven’t yet attained all the goals of the revolution. But that’s normal. It only began one year ago. No country can expect miracles in such a short time span. It bears reminding that we’re just getting out of four decades of dictatorship, of underdevelopment and of ignorance. So we must give the NTC some time. Me, I’m giving them three years.”