According to a recent report by Transparency International, the African country is one of the ten most corrupt countries in the world.
While the economy of Libya is one of the strongest in Africa because of its large oil and gas reserves, it is also one of the most affected by the corruption phenomenon.
According to a recent Transparency International report, with 173 points, Libya ranks among the 10 countries in the world with the highest corruption perception indexes, along with Equatorial Guinea, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, North Korea, Haiti and Venezuela.
In that sense and taking into account the panorama of corruption that Libya has experienced for years, the former Minister of the Interior Fathi Bashaga has decided to undertake a fight against this evil and has proposed, if he becomes president, to give continuity to the anti-corruption programs that he led since his mandate in the Government of National Accord.
“Creating more transparent and fair systems is key to reducing corruption. It will take years to change this culture in Libya, but the beginning must be putting systems in place,” explains Bashaga.
Bashaga vs. corruption
During his tenure as former Minister of the Interior, he signed several agreements to defeat this evil in the country, including a cooperation agreement with the governor of the Central Bank of Libya, Sadiq al-Kabir, to defeat money laundering and terrorist financing within the State.
Bashaga also signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. company K2 Intelligence to establish secure and reliable information-sharing systems, and to track financial crimes and their networks inside and outside Libya.
Bashaga Proposes to Restructure Police in Libya to Restore Security
After the fall of Muammar al-Gaddafi in 2011, the situation in Libya has been one of uncertainty and instability; as a result, the country has experienced enormous security challenges due to the constant threat of terrorism and other crimes such as money laundering.
The situation reaches a level that, according to the most recent Global Peace Index, published by the Institute for Economics and Peace, Libya ranks among the 10 most dangerous countries in the world, along with Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia and the Central African Republic.
Then what is the formula for restoring security in Libya? According to Fathi Bashaga, candidate for the Presidency of Lybia and former Minister of the Interior, it is necessary to intensify efforts to fight terrorism and organized crime, address deteriorating security conditions, and protect ports and borders.
“Protecting Libyan citizens, restoring stability in the country and building a State based on justice, law and equality requires strengthening cooperation between the various security, military and judicial institutions; and developing training programmes to improve the capacity of the security services,” adds Bashaga.
He also proposes to reform the police and continue the strategies and programs he developed during his tenure at the Ministry of the Interior, where he was able to reach out to citizens and re-establish the Human Rights Office to work hand in hand with human rights organizations, lawyers and justice agencies. He also proposes to launch a system or app that would allow Libyans to file complaints of abuses or violations more quickly and effectively.