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Italian-French competition over Libya pushing country toward more chaos

The last election Libya had was on June 25, 2014, when Libyans cast their votes to elect their representatives in the new House of Representatives after the interim General National Congress’ mandate expired. The hope was that elections would bring about stability and put an end to the violence that has …

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Holding Libyan elections this year could be disastrous

The global community and several Libyan politicians are pushing for Libyan elections by the end of this year, despite the danger of plunging the country torn by civil war deeper into turmoil. Ghassan Salame, the UN envoy to Libya, supports the proposed elections but warned that myriad conditions still need to be met …

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Flawed Diplomacy in Libya

Since 2014, many actors have tried to mediate a negotiated solution to the Libyan crisis but have failed. The nexus of this conflict is the split between eastern and western Libya, which was set in motion by the events of May 2014 when General Khalifa Haftar appointed himself the leader …

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Libyan militias continue to benefit from external weapons support: UN Libya Experts Panel report

Armed groups within Libya continue to benefit from external support including the provision of materiel, targeted airstrikes at night and sophisticated munitions, the UN Libya Experts Panel report states in its section on the implementation of the arms embargo.

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Can Cairo talks succeed in uniting Libya’s divided armed forces?

The Egyptian initiative to unite the Libyan military is almost complete after several meetings were held between Libyan military officials who split up following the outbreak of the revolution in February 2011 and the death of Moammar Gadhafi. The initiative aims at laying out the structure of the Libyan unified army. …

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Timeline: How Libya’s Revolution Came Undone

An unusual protest erupted in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on February 15, 2011. Enraged by the arrest of a human rights activist, protestors clashed with police and supporters of Libya’s longtime ruler, Moammar Gadhafi, who responded with brute force. Two days later, activists called for a “day of rage.”

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Eastern Libya authority affirms Egypt military support

The parliamentary speaker of the Torbruk-based House of Representatives (HoR) in the east of Libya has affirmed that military strong man Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army will be launching an attack on Derna in coordination with Egyptian military forces.

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