By: Salem Al-Fetouri*
Following the signing of Shkirat agreement, Dec. 17th 2015, the political parties participating in the political dialogue tended to the capital Tripoli, especially to the Salvation Government that headed by Khalifa Al-Ghuwel, demanding it to endorse the new unity government emanating from the accord.
For many considerations, least spare the country, especially the capital city, the cruelty of the conflict and the bloody conflict, Al-Ghuwel stepped down, opening the road for the Shkirat agreement, that seemed the only magical savior to the country. Things quickly changed once the unity government arrived at the capital, the sudden arrival of Al-Ghuwel to the capital, performing his duties, meetings, and statements raised questions inside and outside the country about the reasons for that sudden appearance, questions pressed why he is so confident about his actions and decisions, with totally no resistance from his political or security rivals.
The question that remains is: From where does Al-Ghuwel drive his power?
Al-Ghuwel is a leading figure from the city of Misrata, with unique political views that grant him surprising tactics. His policies are characterized by the circumstantial flexibility that changes based on developments. He could come to compromise for the sake of the country and protect it from the foreign interferences, while at the same time holding to values, Ghwail considers unnegotiable, in the forefront; goals of the Feb.17th revolution.
At the level of personal conduct, Al-Ghuwel is one of the courageous Prime Ministers who led the country following February revolution, with a rare ability to take bold decisions away from alignments, which granted him immense popularity within the revolutionaries, the most productive segment of society.
Al-Ghuwel led the country through the Salvation Government, assigned by the General National Congress (GNC), the legislature authority. He led the country for months, through which Libyans never suffered what they are going through now from security and economic crises. Despite what the Salvation Government faced at the time, deliberated harassments from inside and abroad, it was committed to providing acceptable levels of economic and security stability for citizens, the stability that the unity government couldn’t preserve, as things deteriorated, living standards reached worst levels.
The most observers of the Libyan situation are unable to determine where politics are heading to, whether with Al-Sarraj’s government, Al-Thinni’s government or Ghwail’s, as the amount of fragmentation in controlling the political is not secret anymore. And with the severe division and the wild aspirations of all parties to dominate the power, Al-Ghuwel reemerges with the courage and responsibility of a great leader, inviting everyone to bypass history, join one table, and unite under the auspices of one national government that guarantees Libya the stability, freedom, and independence.
Analysts believe that Al-Ghuwel, with his stubborn, honest character, comparing him to his political counterparts, is an enticing exception and a formidable figure in the equation. He is not easy to overcome; he is a political leader who actively imposed himself on the real ground.
*A Libyan Writer