Libya Plunged into Mess

The difficult internal political situation in Libya is pushing the warring parties to inter-Libyan talks

The difficult internal political situation in Libya is pushing the warring parties to inter-Libyan talks, RISS expert Maria Makhmutova points out. She recalled that preliminary peace talks had been conducted between the House of Representatives (HoR) based in Tobruk and Tripoli's Government of National Accord (GNA). As for the Libyan interim government's resignation, HoR Speaker Aguila Saleh hasn't yet approved it. It is unlikely that all deputies will vote for the government's resignation, M.Makhmutova suggests.

The meeting between the HoR and the GNA took place in the Moroccan city of Buznika. The parties discussed the essential points of the upcoming negotiations, which are scheduled to be held on September 17-23 in Geneva. Neither F.Sarraj, GNA leader, nor K.Haftar, leader of the Libyan National Army (LNA), were allowed to participate in the peace talks in Buznik. According to the Eastern Libyan authorities, the meeting’s participants will particularly discuss the decentralization in Libya, composition of the GNA, and possibly elections. But in order to do this, it would be necessary to adopt a new constitution, RISS expert noted.

"Libyan society is now divided into secularists and Islamists. This may prevent a unified vote on the constitution. The war is now suspended, but there is no stabilization of the situation yet. Growing civil unrest due to the complicated economic situation is taking place across the country. The situation remains critical," M.Makhmutova concluded.

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