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Secretary-General Hails Libya’s ‘Long March towards Democracy’ as Polls Approach,
Urging Every Citizen to Help Build ‘a Fully Free and Democratic State’
Following is UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s video message to the Libyan people on the 7 July election, issued on 5 July 2012:
On Saturday, you will exercise a right that you have been denied for more than four decades — the right to vote; the right to elect a new National Congress. This is a milestone in Libya’s long march towards democracy.
The United Nations is proud to have assisted in the birth of an independent Libya. We will stand by you as you build a fully free and democratic State. Today, I join the world in saluting you and all that you have achieved in so short a time.
Nearly 3 million of you have registered to vote. More than 3,000 candidates are competing for office. That includes more than 600 women. This is truly a moment for national celebration.
We all know the road to democracy is long and hard. We share your aspiration for a peaceful and prosperous Libya founded on the principles of justice, human rights, inclusiveness and accountability.
This Saturday, make your voice heard. Let every Libyan join in building the new Libya.
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