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Bolster Support for Democracy in Libya One Year After Benghazi Attacks
Libya has “the capacity and resources to be a success, and we’re going to need a success in the region,” stated William Taylor, former Special Coordinator for the Office of Middle East Transitions at the Department of State, at a discussion cohosted by Freedom House, the Project on Middle East Democracy, and the Atlantic Council on Libya’s transition and the future of US-Libyan Relations. Taylor was joined on the panel by Mustafa Abushagur, former Interim Deputy Prime Minister of Libya and Manal Omar, Director of Iraq, Iran and North Africa Programs at the US Institute of Peace. The group stressed that Libya is starting anew, and their new processes and institutions, such as the constitution drafting process, cannot be rushed. “The constitution has to come from the people. They have to take ownership of it. And that cannot be done in four months,” stated Abushagur.
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