ICG report analyses Libya’s ‘unhealthy focus on individuals’
International Crisis Group published on 8 May its latest report on Libya titled ‘Libya’s unhealthy focus on personalities’. The report analyses two events that it argues have recently shaken Libyan politics, namely the election of Muslim Brotherhood affiliate Khaled Misri as president of the High Council of State (HCS) and the mid-April hospitalisation of Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar, demonstrating the Libyan tendency to focus politics on individuals instead of institutions and the negative effects of such a dynamic. International Crisis Group argues that Libyan politics heavily focuses on four major figures, and that the potential absence of these figures could have serious consequences on the fragile political balance. The report advocates for a focus on institutionalised governance to avoid the deepening of tensions and polarisation which often results from politics centralized on major figures.
Read the report in full here.