Rival factions to compete for control of Sirte
On 8 June, Rhiannon Smith, Managing Editor of Libya-Analysis LLC was interviewed by Mohamed Elshinawi for Voice of America (VOA)’s Africa News Tonight segment. They discussed Egypt’s so-called “Cairo Initiative” for a ceasefire and the Government of National Accord’s (GNA) decision to seize Sirte. Smith highlights the significance of Haftar’s presence alongside Saleh at the announcement of the ceasefire initiative and argues that the initiative pushed forward by Egypt translates as an attempt to present Eastern Libyan forces and their foreign backers in a positive light, but is unlikely to lead to an effective ceasefire on the ground. Smith also explains Sirte’s strategic importance for both the GNA and Eastern forces.
Click here to listen to the interview (from min.11:45 to 18):