Libya: Swinging Pendulums and Political Crematoria
Here is an interesting article by Mansour Omar Al-Kikhia in Al-Jazeera English which comments on why Ahmed Matig has become the PM and how his connections with business and Misrata hold him in good stead for his job but nonetheless his selection shows the deep rivalries in Libya’s West and yet does not show a way forward for their conclusion.
The new prime minister is Ahmed Maiteeq, a 42-year-old businessman who lives in Tripoli but has strong links to Misurata. His uncle and backer is Abdul Rahman al-Swaihli, an influential member of Congress and the Swaihli dynasty of Misurata. Maiteeq was elected by the General National Congress (GNC) in a nowdisputed vote to form a “crisis government of national unity.”
Maiteeq major rival was Omar al-Hassi who hails from the east of the country. Hassi is not a particularly impressive figure yet he obtained the support of Zintan as well as some of the progressive votes in the GNC. The Cyrenaican vote was split between Hassi and another candidate from the east who was even less impressive.
So why Maiteeq? Why bring to the fore a relatively unknown political novice? First, he has huge guns behind him that has given him an edge that none of the other prime ministers possess. Second, he is young and brings a different perspective to the table. Third, he pleases the business community in the country. To read the whole article click here.