Libya’s opposition vowed Tuesday to work for free and fair elections, as they set out their vision of a democratic state ahead of talks by world powers on the future of the north African country.
In a statement issued ahead of the meeting in London, the Transitional National Council representing rebels fighting Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi’s regime said it wanted a “modern, free and united state.”
“We have learnt from the struggles of our past during the dark days of dictatorship that there is no alternative to building a free and democratic society and ensuring the supremacy of international humanitarian law and human rights declarations,” the statement said.
To this end, it vowed to “guarantee every Libyan citizen of statutory age the right to vote in free and fair parliamentary and presidential elections, as well as the right to run for office.”
The council promised to draft a national constitution establishing legal, political and civil institutions and separating legislative, executive and judicial powers.
A free media and freedom to hold demonstrations would be upheld, and political parties, trade unions and other civil groups would be permitted.
The council also promised a “constitutional civil state which respects the sanctity of religious doctrine and condemns intolerance, extremism and violence that are manufactured by certain political, social or economic interests.” Agencies