Libya in the Throes of a Serious Political Crisis

Viktor Mikhin After Mohamed al-Menfi, president of the Libyan Presidential Council, met with UN General Secretary António Guterres, he spoke highly of the work done by the UN’s mission in Libya “to support the people in reaching a peaceful solution to restore security, stability and peace to the country.” However, in reality he was probably…

Libya: Major Gathering of Eastern Tribes Demands Presidential and Parliamentary Elections by End of 2022

Yesterday a major tribal gathering that brought together all tribes of Eastern libya, including some participation from western and southern representatives, made a major declaration demanding a Presidential and Parliamentary Elections by the end of 2022. They threatened to call for a pan-Libyan civil disobedience movement if elections are not delivered. The gathering took place…

Libya and the Option of Division

Habib Lassoued The Dabaiba government has no legitimacy and operates outside the framework of the law, but enjoys international recognition, while the Bashagha government, which enjoys full parliamentary legitimacy and expresses the will of most Libyans, finds itself banned from entering the capital. In the absence of national unity the situation in Libya still requires…

Libyan Laboratory: The Unknown Front

While Europe is caught in the grip of the energy crisis, the oil wells in Libya have been closed since last February. No one in Italy or in Europe is talking about it, to avoid delving into the details of a war that we promote, but which, fortunately for the Italian government, no one has…

Libya: Bashagha Settles in Sirte, Defends Attempt to Enter Tripoli

Fathi Bashagha, one of Libya’s rival prime ministers, gives an interview, in Sirte, Libya, May 25, 2022. (AP) One of Libya’s rival prime ministers said that he has no immediate plans to rule from the capital of Tripoli, after his attempted move there last week sparked clashes and fears of a return to widespread civil…

The Cracking of the Dabaiba Front in Tripoli Places Libya at Risk of War

Habib Lassoued Appeasing militias and distributing illusions of welfare is Dabaiba’s recipe for staying in power. The failed attempt by the Prime Minister of the Government of Stability, Fathi Bashagha, to enter the capital revealed the extent of the rift suffered by western Libya in general and the armed groups present in Tripoli in particular,…

US is Trying to Restrain Libya with its Power Collar

Vladimir Odintsov Washington, through its old leverage, is trying to continue using Libya to its advantage. For example, although the Government of National Unity (GNU) officially gave up power at the end of December 2021, the day of the country’s failed general elections, the US is blatantly avoiding any influence on the implementation of the…

Omens of War in Libya

Habib Lassoued Libyan Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah receiving Tunisian ambassador in Tripoli, April 16 2022. (Facebook.) Dbeibah is told the key to maintaining power is to control the Central Bank of Libya, the National Oil Corporation and the Libyan Investment Authority. Omens of war continue to loom in western Libya as a result of the…

A Civil War Threatens to Resume in Libya

Alexandre Lemoine The situation in Libya has seriously deteriorated. This happened after the statement of the representatives of the Libyan National Army (LNA) of Khalifa Haftar who work in the Joint Military Commission in the 5+5 format. They suspended the October 23, 2020 ceasefire agreement and left the commission. Experts believe that such statements could…

Libya: US Airstrike Killed 11 Civilians

Nick Turse A view of satellite communication relay pads at the U.S. airbase in Sigonella, Sicily, the source of hundreds of U.S. drone strikes in Libya.  IN LATE NOVEMBER 2018, missiles obliterated three sport utility vehicles in North Africa. “In coordination with the Libyan Government of National Accord (GNA), U.S. Africa Command conducted a precision airstrike…

Libya: The Danger of Dbeibah’s Populism

Habib Lassoued Prime Minister Abdulhamid Dbeibah attends a graduation ceremony of Libyan army cadets, in Tripoli, Libya, February 8, 2022. (AP) Libya’s Abdulhamid Dbeibah has proven to be a first-rate populist, playing all the ropes. He started by offering young people marriage grants, then turned to the poor, widows, divorced women, those married to foreigners,…