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Friends of Free Libya to Demonstrate April 14, 10AM in front of Arab League Headquarters - Cairo
MWA Director, Aishah Schwartz to join FOFL demonstration in support of call for Arab League recognition of the Libyan National Transitional Council in Benghazi.
By: Aishah Schwartz
WHO: Friends of Free Libya (FOFL) and all citizens of conscience
WHAT: Demonstration in support of recognition of the National Transitional Council in Benghazi
WHEN: Thursday, April 14, 2011 at 10:00 AM
WHERE: Headquarters of the Arab League, located beside Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo
FOFL calls upon the Arab League, the UN, the EU, the OIC and the African Union to recognize the National Transitional Council (NTC) in Benghazi as the sole legitimate government of Libya.
Secondly, FOFL calls upon these countries to provide the NTC with all the necessary means to save Misurata and other parts of western Libya from massacre by Gaddafi's forces.
Thirdly, FOFL appeals to all Arab countries to join in implementing the no-fly zone over Libya.
Fourth, no role for Gaddafi or his sons in a future free Libya.
"In my ongoing support of both the Egyptian and Libyan revolutions, standing in solidarity with FOLF members concerned for their families and fellow citizen nationals, in the gravest of danger as the Gadaffi regime continues its murderous rampage ever eastward - threatening to devastate the city of Misurata - is the very least any one of us could do in this time of crisis," stated Muslimah Writers Alliance (MWA) Director, Aishah Schwartz.
The Arab League was founded in Cairo in 1945 by seven countries. There was a continual increase in membership during the second half of the 20th century, with additional 15 Arab states and 4 observers being admitted, with a current total of 22 member states.
On February 22, 2011, following the 2011 Libyan uprising and the use of military force against civilians, the Arab League Secretary General, Amr Moussa, stated that Libya's membership in the Arab League had been suspended: "the organization has decided to halt the participation of the Libyan delegations from all Arab League sessions". This makes Libya the second country in the League's history to have a frozen membership. Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi declared that the League was illegitimate, saying, "The Arab League is finished. There is no such thing as the Arab League."
According to a report by Al-Masry Al-Youm, outgoing Arab League Secretary General, Moussa, slated to run for Egypt's presidency in upcoming elections, stated in Alexandria on Monday that he will rely on members of the previously-ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) to help in his bid for Egypt's presidency. "Moussa will only accept the 'good' NDP members," stated Moussa's media campaign director, Adel al-Maghrabi.
On Wednesday a revolutionary youth coalition rejected Egypt's nomination of diplomat and former parliamentarian Mostafa al-Fiqqi for the post of Arab League secretary general.
Also from Al-Masry Al-Youm, in a statement, the 25 January Revolution Youth Coalition called on the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to look for another figure who has more popularity among Egyptians. It pointed out that al-Fiqqi had been appointed by former President Hosni Mubarak as the head of the dissolved Shura Council's foreign relations committee.
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