TRIPOLI, Libya, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Abdul Basit Igtet, the businessman and author of "A Plan for Libya", confirmed today that he will stand for the post of President of Libya.
Mr. Igtet commented: "My main objective is that the Libyan people should build their future on the firm foundations of a well-functioning and prosperous country. I have come to the conclusion that the best way for me to bring that about is to stand as President once the new constitution is in place - when the Libyan people will have the opportunity to make a democratic choice.
I believe firmly that the new President should be President of all the country - and not just Tripoli. I will therefore shortly be opening offices in five key towns outside the capital, to be able to listen and respond to all our people.
I know already how much Libyans are concerned about security, and about basic services such as housing and roads and schools and hospitals. But the problems in one town are different from the problems in another. So, starting in two weeks time, I intend to travel round our country and learn about the views of the local people. I will take my professional team with me. They will listen and adapt our policy plans to immediate needs.
To the people of Libya, I say - our priorities have to become your priorities, that is real democracy. My Presidency will be your Presidency. Your President for your Libya."
Basit Igtet is a Libyan national. He has business interests in the fields of civil engineering, maritime and aviation design. In 2011, he founded the Independent Libya Foundation to support the rebel movement in Libya and to gain worldwide support for and recognition of the National Transitional Council (NTC) as the sole legitimate governing body in Libya.
Later that year, he was appointed Special Envoy to the NTC for humanitarian aid in North and South America.
Mark Rogerson, European Media Representative for Mr. Igtet
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