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Reply To Mr. Massinissa

Mr. Massinissa,

You have failed to mention that there was a referendum and a public vote on whether the term minorities is enough or should we mention the Amazeigh explicitly. I was part of the minority that believed the final draft didnít go far enough when it came to the Amazeigh question. As a result of the voting results your group decided to withdraw. Your group should have stayed the course, because solutions to deep ethnic divisions can only be achieved via continuous communication and trust. I am not alluding that you should compromise your values or principles to engage in any political process, but I am stating that you sabotaged the democratic process that you are in favor of, when you quit after not getting all that you wanted. By withdrawing you have also given credence to the perception that you wanted to force your agenda upon people.

Your statement that you were promised more than the final outcome when it came to Amazeigh question also troubles me. I am not aware of any backroom deals, if you know otherwise please let me know. I accept and respect a process and what I witnessed was the majority won.

The issue of agents of the West is commonly used as a defensive mechanism against ideas that deviate from the mainstream. It is valid in the mind of some but it isnít in the mind of others like myself. Therefore the democratic process requires that you accept it and deal with it within the framework. We need to defeat the roots of fear so that Libyan society can embrace change with ease. I donít see how can we encourage Libyans to let go of outdated ideas if we donít publicly participate and face the issues head on.

Mohamed El-Jahmi


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