Libya: sparks of hope

Libya: sparks of hope Since the outbreak of fighting in Tripoli on 15 November in which nearly 50 people civilian protesters were killed by militias using heavy weapons, the news from Libya has been mixed.

Libya at the crossroads

Libya at the crossroads For the first time since the revolution and liberation of 2011 the latent conflict between opposing militias has broken out into fighting on the streets of Tripoli in which scores of people have been killed.

Libya: slipping away

Libya: slipping away Since the Libyan revolution in 2011 we have consistently taken the view that the constitutional roadmap announced immediately after the liberation of Tripoli has been followed remarkably closely.

Libya: faltering

Libya: faltering The abduction and release a few hours later of the Prime Minister Ali Zaidan on 10 October has had surprisingly limited impact in the short term.

Libya: the long arm of the… law?

Libya: the long arm of the… law? On 28 September Nazih Abd al-Hamid al-Ruqai, also known as Abu Anas al-Libi, was reportedly arrested in Tripoli by US special forces and taken on board a US warship where he is now being interrogated.

Libya: still shaky

Libya: still shaky Speaking at the UN General Assembly on 26 September (video at link)  the Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zaidan said that members of the former Qadhafi regime living in neighbouring states had been involved in criminal activities which threatened Libya’s security and stability.

Libya: uncertainty

Libya: uncertainty The Libyan government has been largely unable to deal with a number of serious problems facing it: independent militias, “federalism” amounting to separatism in Cyrenaica, interruption of oil supplies by strikers, power and water cuts, political/tribal assassinations.

Libya: still on the edge

Libya: still on the edge Sporadic violence including assassinations, probable vengeance killings, continues. The government is making a more consolidated effort to enforce security, but still with only limited effect.

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