Libya’s Amazigh community yesterday announced its readiness to participate in legislative and presidential elections slated for later this year. The announcement was made during a meeting in Tripoli between an Amazigh delegation and the head of the Presidential Council, Mohamed Al-Menfi.
Amazigh representatives included the head of the Supreme Council of Libyan Amazighs (SCLA), Hadi Bergig; the president of the Ibadi Supreme Council, Muhammad Al-Azabi; and the mayors of Kappa and Yafran, Mourad Makhlouf and Hussein Kafu respectively.
“The delegation affirmed its support for the Presidential Council in all measures taken to unify state institutions and realize the project of national reconciliation, and expressed its willingness to actively participate in the upcoming elections,” officials said. In addition, the delegation called on Al-Menfi to visit the Amazigh regions. “It would be a step towards realizing the right of citizenship and supporting the unity of the country.”
The Presidential Council has been working alongside the government of national unity since March to prepare Libya for the legislative and presidential elections on December 24. Responding to the delegation’s statement, Al-Menfi praised “the sincere desire of the Libyan Amazighs to participate in projects and programs aimed at achieving stability.” He stressed that he treats all Libyans from all regions in exactly the same way.
In 2014, the Constituent Assembly election saw limited turnout from Amazighs, who won two of the 60 seats. The community is politically represented by the SCLA, elected on August 30, 2015, in the main Amazigh areas of the country.
According to unofficial data, around ten percent of all Libyan citizens are Amazigh. However, no precise figure is available.
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