It’s been six years to the day since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels. The ensuing militia-driven violence
It’s been six years to the day since Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi was killed by rebels. The ensuing militia-driven violence has given rise to—among other things—an east vs. west rivalry between the Tobruk-based House of Representatives and Tripoli-based Government of National Accord.
Since a fateful Paris meeting, the two rival power blocks have taken substantial strides towards a unity deal. However, in a last-minute move on Monday, the Tobruk group suspended its participation in the UN-sponsored talks.
The withdrawal came after the Tripoli government refused to cede control on naming the head of the country’s military—likely a bid to restrict Tobruk-allied strongman General Khalifa Haftar from seizing the position. Mr Haftar, whose forces control two-thirds of the country, has received substantial support from Egypt and Saudi Arabia and has ties to Russia, making him a force to be reckoned with.
Haftar’s attempts to tie himself to Libya’s fate by refusing to relinquish power threatens to reignite conflict if negotiators cannot break the current impasse.
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