Libya – It is the 10th anniversary of the death of former Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi at a time when the country is preparing for parliamentary elections in December, as part of a United Nations-led peace process that some hope will help begin a new, more peaceful chapter in the country’s historical record. As a result of Gaddafi’s death, Libya has been divided along regional and ideological lines, with a slew of mafia-style militias and their foreign sponsors competing for control of the oil-rich country.
“When it comes to the situation in Libya in the last ten years following the death of Moamer Kadhafi, the country has gone through several phases, as previously stated. At first, the situation appeared to be favorable, but things gradually deteriorated until we arrived at the current position “Issam el-Mejri, a merchant from Tripoli, expressed his concerns. According to Abdelfattah Benour, a Tripoli civil servant, “despite the fact that 10 years have gone after the death of Kadhafi, we are presently living in war as a result of the failure of crisis management.”
Many Libyans are hopeful that the approaching elections will contribute to the resolution of the conflict. The presidential election will take place on December 24, while the legislative elections will take place in January. According to Libyan analyst Ahmed al-Rashrash, “we are hopeful that the elections on the 24th of December will lead to a better life, political stability, and security, as well as a civil transition to a state of law.”
Following a coup against the monarchy in 1969, Kadhafi ruled Libya with an iron grip for 42 years, portraying himself as a revolutionary, Arab, and African hero while ruthlessly suppressing any and all forms of political opposition. As of October 2020, the truce that was agreed upon is still in effect, and the Government of National Unity is still in power as Libya’s sole government.