Secretary-General Hails Libya’s ‘Long March towards Democracy’ as Polls Approach, Urging Every Citizen to Help Build ‘a Fully Free and Democratic State’

5 July 2012
SG/SM/14397-AFR/2411

Secretary-General Hails Libya’s ‘Long March towards Democracy’ as Polls Approach, Urging Every Citizen to Help Build ‘a Fully Free and Democratic State’

5 July 2012
Secretary-General
SG/SM/14397
AFR/2411
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

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.


Thank you.


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