By the virtue of downfall of Gaddafi, the Libyan political scenario has completely changed in every respect. Many young and devoted people are emerging after being off the GRID for decades.
Few days ago we had an opportunity to meet one such young man, Fahmi Abu Rakhis, a young politician from Gharyan, a city in northwestern Libya. Along with pleasant conversation, we asked him a barrage of questions.
Fahmi Abu Rakhis, aside from having exceptional leadership values, is a graduate in arts, running a private business and the same time a member of chamber of Commerce Youth Gharyan. He’s a an optimistic candidate in upcoming election for the constituent assembly with a determination to represent the views of new Libya.
What motivated you to run for the election and pursue a career in politics?
My political ambition is a legacy from my ancestors. My grandfather, Zarroug Abu Rakhis, was one of the pioneer and member of the Republic of Tripoli. And grandfather, Abdullah Abu Rakhis, was a member of the last parliament before Gaddafi. And after 4 decades, I’m hopeful to join the first parliament and make my ancestors proud and bring about a substantial change, especially by bringing the problems of the youth to the surface and enable them to attain a comfortable future and ultimately a better Libya.
Only the young understands the young so as a young person yourself, how do you think the youth can help in rebuilding Libya?
The best investment in youth is by giving them the highest level of education in science and information and improve their skills and talents. Only enlightened people can make an enlightened society, which is only possible by education.
We should learn from the French and American revolutions, and improve our country like they have done by empowering the youth to rebuild it.
Despite being a wealthy nation, What are the major problems and core issues, a common Libyan faces today and should be dealt?
One of the worst problems left by the previous regime is nepotism. People received all kind of benefits without any hard work. Still many young people are not motivated because of jobs based on connections rather than qualification. And all this together blemished the whole working perspective. The second biggest and most common problem is poverty.To improve living standards and eliminate poverty, it’s crucial to reform the education system. Which will have a deep impact on jobs opportunities and revive social life.
What are your goals and objectives you wish to accomplish, if you are elected?
A well-balanced constitution is a prerequisite of democracy. It should cover from basic human rights to social, economic and political structure. If elected, I’m going to contribute to the new constitution in a way that the legislative, the judiciary and executive, remains symmetrical. And one doesn’t overrule the other.
My top priority will be to push for an economically booming, socially and politically sound and secure Libya. To help my country become the most powerful economy in the Mediterranean region.
What is your vision for the new democratic Libya?
Libya by the grace of Allah, in a short time, and by the unrelenting efforts of youth, will become the most remarkable democracy in the region. Every citizen must render selfless service towards the country and fellow-beings. Hands in hands must every citizen work and perform their duties honestly and obediently to make the founding fathers proud and pay our tribute to the martyrs.
How can the YOUTH participate in Libya’s politics?
Everyone must be diligent in state affairs. If there is a fair and square number of young parliamentarians, they will pedal the country to advancement and bring many modern changes, invigorate the parliament and step up real changes in every sector.
We totally agree, We wish you success but if things don’t turn up good and you lose in the elections, What Katiba(brigade) are you going to bring? :)
Haha! I could have done this before. As a matter of fact, I physically fought during the revolution, but I got back to my normal life, as soon the country was liberated. And I will continue to do that even if I lose.
Frankly, I hate the fake revolutionaries and those who are seeking to divide this country with agendas like federalism. They’re just opportunists who are trying to get positions and capitalize on the sacrifice of many Martyrs.
Finally in brief, What would you like to say to the YOUTH of Libya?
I will better conclude with a verse from the Holy Quran;
وَقُلِ اعْمَلُوا فَسَيَرَى اللَّهُ عَمَلَكُمْ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالْمُؤْمِنُونَ
“And say, “Do [as you will], for Allah will see your deeds, and [so, will] His Messenger and the believers.”
(Surat At-Tawbah 9:105)
Fahmi Abu Rakhis, Thank you for your time and answering our questions, it was nice talking to you. We wish you all the best for your political career.
It was my pleasure.