Libya, what is your future?

Currently there is political unrest underway in Northern Africa. There was been a change of leadership in Egypt, and Tunusia after weeks of protesting. Now protests have spread to Bahrain, and currently most notably Libya.

The Russian perspective of the events supports a strong central state. The Moscow Times title of the article of todays events is “Russians pulled out of rebellious Libya.” The paper than refers to “the bloodyviolence” continuing and mentions how that Russian specialists are being pulled out of the country.  The Moscow times, then quotes an unnamed source “Reports said Monday that a Turkish Airlines plane could not land in Benghazi because the airport had been taken over by protesters.” Support for the Libyan dictator continued with Liberal Democratic Party leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky offered asylum to the embattled Gaddafi. “I suggest you make Moscow your permanent home — I sincerely invite you as a dear guest,” Zhirinovsky said in a statement on the party web site The official Ministry of Foreign Affairs paints a picture that neglects to mention protesters, and instead refers to them as rioters. “February 15 in some areas of Libya began rioting that engulfed such major cities east of the country, as Benghazi and al-Bayda. “ They later appeal to all sides for calm, but never mention civilian deaths, or change of leadership in the nation. The following excerpt is translated from Russian “In this regard, call upon all the Libyan side to a peaceful solution of existing problems through responsible and broad-based national dialogue and of the urgent reforms. In any case, the violence must be stopped.”        Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said. “Look at the situation that has taken shape in the Middle East and the Arab world. It is the gravest, there are very great difficulties ahead.”

Nevertheless, Medvedev said, the ongoing events in the Middle East will have a “direct impact” on the situation in Russia. Russia is as concerned as the Western world of Fanatics may rise to power in Arab world.

In the near future, Russia is trying to return their citizens safely. There are 563 people there: half of them works for the company that builds the railways there and Gazprom, others are mainly tourists. However, the evacuation cannot be executed because the grounding of planes in Tripoli. The airspace over Libya remains closed. Meanwhile, according to Interfax news agency, Russian Ambassador to Libya Vladimir Chamov has said that the authorities have given permission to Emergencies Ministry planes to evacuate Russian citizens. The planes are scheduled to depart for Libya at 2pm Moscow time (11am GMT).

The revolutions remind Russians of the Orange Revolution 6 years ago in Ukraine: for example we can read an article about the similarities from Ukraine’s former President, Yulia Tymoshenko, who played a main role in those political acts back in 2006.

She draws the region’s attention of the possible pitfalls of their political acts: a revolution against this so-caled regime is only the first necessary step of building up a safe country where the people can live undisturbed by the fear of a dictatorship rising. According to her, regular elections aren’t equal to democracy, they are only a part of it. Any country wants to establish a democratic system should first build up it’s infrastructure: political debates should separate different opinions on main issues to parties. Her vision is that these future parties could be checked upon how much they insisted on their promises after they win the elections, but let’s face it: in most countries it’s only a nice dream for the time being.


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