Libyan Islamists must have share in power, warns leader

Ian Black
The Guardian
September 27, 2011

Libya’s Islamist groups “will not allow” secular politicians to exclude or marginalise them in the intensifying battle for power in the post-Gaddafi era, the country’s most powerful Islamist leader has said.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and founder of a jihadi group that was later disbanded, appears to be firing a shot across the bows of liberal, western-backed rivals after negotiations over broadening the rebel administration foundered.

“We must resist attempts by some Libyan politicians to exclude some of the participants in the revolution,” Belhaj writes in the Guardian. “Their political myopia renders them unable to see the huge risks of such exclusion, or the serious … reaction of the parties that are excluded.”

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2 Responses to “Libyan Islamists must have share in power, warns leader”

  1. Anyone else think that Gaddafi is just waiting for them to get “comfortable” in their new positions and thinking highly of themselves before he blows them all sky-high? If I were him, I would not have left things without some booby-traps or at least some remote nuke in place. Maybe he’s letting them setup their false government, then going to blow them and their little “schemers” to kingdom come? Who knows, maybe he really is a smart fox, was a general after all ;-P

  2. “secular politicians”
    These do not exist in a muslim state!

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