A ticking time bomb

Libya: ‘Haftar is one of the time bombs on Libya’s road ahead’ says analyst

By Sarah Vernhes

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Posted on June 17, 2021 08:20

Firefox_Screenshot_2021-06-16T10-55-03.029Z Khalifa Haftar © Khalifa Haftar © Angelos Tzortzinis/dpa/MaxPPP
Khalifa Haftar © Khalifa Haftar © Angelos Tzortzinis/dpa/MaxPPP

The hope raised in February by the arrival of Libya’s new interim Government of National Unity (GNU) has quickly faded away. It is becoming less and less likely that the December presidential and legislative elections will go ahead as scheduled.

Furthermore, the GNU, which was supposed to symbolise the country’s reunification, is facing regional divisions. Libya’s Prime Minister Abdulhamid al-Dbeibeh seems to have little room for manoeuvre.

But according to Ali Al-Isawi, Tripoli’s former economy minister and current adviser to the foreign affairs ministry, the government’s failure must be tempered. “The GNU didn’t do something significant so far for many reasons. We don’t expect too much from this government. It is still stuck restructuring the ministries, the government agencies, etc. It seems that the only focus for this period will be the electricity problem and Covid-19 pandemic.”

These are already difficult issues to deal with, as Dbeibeh is running the country without a budget. Totalling D93bn ($20.8bn), it is currently being blocked by the House of Representatives (HoR), in the east, which is chaired by Aguila Saleh.


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