The release of several political prisoners in Libya is part of national reconciliation efforts, a statement from the country’s presidential council said on Monday.
The released political prisoners were those who had served their sentences or who had never been convicted. The statement said that the Council will continue its work to achieve national reconciliation and to coordinate the release of others who have not been convicted by judicial authorities.
On Sunday, Saadi Gadhafi, the son of Libya’s ousted leader Moammar Gadhafi, was released after being acquitted by a court.
“We cannot move forward without reconciliation,” Libyan Prime Minister Abdul Hamid Mohammed Dbeibah wrote on Twitter, announcing the release of Gadhafi.
On February 5, Libyan delegates elected Mohammed Menfi to chair the three-member presidential council and Dbeibah as the new prime minister.
The Libyan parliament granted a vote of confidence to the Dbeibah government on March 10, with 132 votes from the 133 lawmakers who attended the session.
On March 16, an elected transitional authority consisting of a unity government and a presidential council adopted tasks to lead the country through a transition phase to parliamentary and presidential elections scheduled for December 24.
The Presidential Council set up a National Reconciliation Commission with the aim of establishing social peace, as the country seeks to heal the wounds of the year-long war between the internationally recognized National Accord Government (GNA) and the Putchist General Khalifa Haftar’s forces.