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Libya's rival governments – Too many chiefs and none in control

IN THE cafés of Tripoli, the talk is of who is running the country. More than 1,000km (620 miles) east, in the small coastal town of Tobruk, sits a parliament elected in June whose writ extends little beyond its poorly attended sessions. A rump of its unpopular predecessor, the Islamist-dominated …

Ban calls on Libyan parties to forge consensus, safeguard democratic transition

25 September 2014 – Warning that Libya is in “deep crisis,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on all parties in the country to peacefully resolve the ongoing conflict, and safeguard the democratic transition under way since 2011.

Understanding the New War for Post-Liberation Libya

Libya is entering a dangerous new phase in its post-liberation politics. While rival militias fight for key political and economic footholds across the country, those members of the legislature still occupying their seats and a number of senior government officials have decamped from Tripoli and fled to a Greek car …

Libya: Assassinations May Be Crimes Against Humanity

(Beirut) – An assassination spree between September 18 and 20, 2014, left at least 14 people dead in some of the bloodiest days this year in the eastern city of Benghazi. The dead included two young activists, members of the security forces, an outspoken cleric, and five other civilians.