n Africa Conflict Monitor - ACM Country Profile : Libya - : national profile

Volume 2015, Issue 06
  • ISSN : 2311-6943


Political stability in Libya continued to remain elusive in June 2015, as two prime ministers and two parliaments claimed their respective legitimacy from cities 1,000 km apart. Although in control of the army after winning the 2014 elections and recognised internationally as Libya's legitimate government, the so-called 'Tobruk government' operates from the port city Bayada, near the Egyptian border. In the nation's capital, Tripoli, the Islamist government, the General National Congress, has refused to recognise the election results and remains in government buildings. The Muslim Brotherhood leads the Islamic coalition that backs the Tripoli government, and enjoys the support of Qatar, Sudan and Turkey. The Tobruk government is backed by Egypt and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Meanwhile, the extremist group, Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS), expanded its presence in the country's vast unsecured areas. Terrorist activity will continue unless political stability is secured by an accord between the rival governments resulting from ongoing talks in Morocco. Revenues from the world's largest known oil reserves are all that keep the divided country from economic ruin.

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