“The Brotherhood are different from how Libyans view Islam,”and“They represent outsiders and interference in our country”,“Our revolution was not about replacing one autocratic regime with another.”
The reason the MB is in such a relatively strong position is that is has the support of Qatar, assistance from the well-established MB organizations in Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria, and Turkey.
A new edict issued by General Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood organization in Egypt, Dr. Mohammad Badih in which he writes about the possibility of his movement imposing an Islamic Caliphate in accordance with the principles laid out the Muslim Brotherhood founder, the revered Imam Hassan al-Banna, created wide controversy in political circles in Libya just as it did in Egypt.
~ Lack of security due to the militias being viewed as increasingly aggressive with the public and fighting among themselves as they did this week;
~ growing rumors and even evidence of corruption. One example being that there is still not money in the Central Bank of Libya to supply local banks around the country and it’s an issue that is expected to explode here once the facts become known. During the uprising this summer, the Gaddafi government limited bank deposit withdrawals to 500 dinars per month (about $475). The new “government” has raised it to 750 dinars per month and it is not enough, given approximately 18% rise in prices since this summer when the Gaddafi government enforced anti-gouging rules.
Qatar’s favorite candidate, Abdel Hakim Belhadj, head of the Tripoli Military Council and a former leader of the militant Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, and who is suing UK ministers and M-16 for the part he claims they played in secretly sending him and his wife to Libya in March 2004 where he claims he endured seven years of torture, has promised to fix the banking problem.
Disarming the militias and pressuring young men to go back home, given up their arms, join the police force or a new Libyan army or get a real job are very sensitive issues that the MB does not address with much conviction. Privately the MB, as well as the NTC, admits that there will be no disarmament of militias anytime soon.
“It was really exciting and fun most of the time and I made some great friends!” one kid from Benghazi told me. He plans to stay in Tripoli with his Militia buddies.
It bars, with quite vague language, “former members of Gaddafi's regime” from being candidates in the election. Among the Judges I spoke with at the Ministry of Justice some expressed dismay because they said that 80% of the current staff at their Ministry, and most other Ministries, worked there, lawyers and judges included, under the Gaddafi regime and were patriotic Libyans. There is going to be lots of confusion concerning the scope of the new law and its application.
“Ten percent is about what the Brotherhood thinks we are worth.”