Declaration on the Establishment of the Authority of the People

Adopted 2 March 1977

The Libyan Arab people assembled in the General Conference of the People's Congresses, the People's Committees, and the Professional Unions;
Having reviewed the recommendations of the People's Congresses, the Constitutional Declaration of 11 December 1969, and the resolutions and recommendations of the General People's Congress which met during the period 5 to 18 January 1975;
Believing in the establishment of the direct democratic system heralded by the Great September Revolution and regarding it as the absolute and decisive solution to the problem of democracy;
Embodying the pioneer experiment of the popular rule on the soil of the Great September Revolution which established the authority of the People, who alone should have the authority;

Declare their adherence to freedom and willingness to defend it on the Libyan land and on any other land in the world;
Declare their preparedness to protect the persecuted freedom-seekers;
Declare their adherence to socialism as a means of achieving People's ownership;
Declare their commitment to spiritual values to safeguard morals and human behavior;
Support the march of the Revolution towards complete popular authority and consolidation of the People's Society where only the people control leadership, authority, wealth, and arms to realize the Society of Freedom;
Declare their total commitment to blocking the way in face of all forms of traditional instruments of government, be they individual, family, tribe, sect, class, representative, party, or group of parties;
Declare their readiness to crush forever any undemocratic attempt;

The Libyan Arab People, having regained, through the Revolution, total control over their affairs, and controlling their present and future potentialities with the help of Allah and adherence to His Holy Book as the everlasting source for guidance and as the ordinance of society;
Issue this declaration proclaiming the establishment of the People's authority and announcing to the peoples of the earth the emergence of the era of the masses.

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