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A Constitution for Libya: A Futile Debate?

Talking about and discussing a constitution for Libya at this moment may seem a futile exercise. The situation on the ground is such that even the simplest idea of a Libyan State may seem surreal, given the diverse interests battling for control of the country and its resources. Three governments are currently competing for power: the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR), UN-brokered Government of National Unity (GNA), and Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC). Unless the political leadership can reach a shared vision for Libya’s future, the competition for political power between these groups could lead to protracted conflict.

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Fadel Lamen is a Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East and chair of the Libyan National Dialogue Committee.

Karim Mezran is a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East focusing on North Africa.

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