Southern Libya remains a region of endemic instability wracked by communal conflict, a shortage of basic services, rampant smuggling, and fragmented or collapsed institutions. The region has long existed on the periphery of Libya’s politics and international concerns—but that must change. Increasingly, the vacuum of governance in the south has drawn in political actors from northern Libya and outside states. Extremists seeking refuge in the south and migrants being smuggled through the region directly impact the security of Libya, neighboring states like Tunisia, and Europe…
For ordinary Libyan citizens, ‘GNA economic measures serve the rich’
On 4 december, Voice of America published an article on the impacts of the economic reforms designed by the Government of National Accord (GNA), interviewing residents of Tripoli, outlining the difficulties faced by ordinary Libyan citizens. A Libyan quoted in the article argues that the measure implemented by the GNA in September which planned a devaluation of the exchange rate for Libyan Dinars did not do much for the middle and lower class and only served wealthy citizens. The dire economic situation experienced by ordinary citizens in Libya, and most particularly in Tripoli, contrasts with the wealth of the militia and armed groups, which continue to have power over state institutions and authorities and take advantage of the country’s resources.
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