Source: Tripoli Post
By Ibrahim El Mayet
A clause in Libya’s draft election laws which excludes Libyans with multiple nationalities from running for public office unless they are willing to give up their other nationality, a requirement which would be unacceptable in Europe, has polarised opinion in Libya and raised serious questions about citizenship and identity in the “New Libya”.
Tens of thousands of Libyans are dual nationals largely as a result of persecution by the Gaddafi regime which forced thousands of Libyan politicians, activists, academics, writers and business people into exile. During Gaddafi’s 42 years in power new generations of Libyans were born, raised and educated abroad. The UK is home to the largest population of Libya’s diaspora including 4,000 Libyan doctors. There are also 5,000 Libyan students studying in the UK.
Across the world there are thousands of Libyan academics and professionals including doctors, lawyers, engineers and entrepreneurs who have a lot to offer Libya, and have for a long time wished to return home.