On Saturday, the Interim Prime Minister of the Government of National Unity (GNU), Abdelhamid Dbaiba, announced that “the era of wars in Libya has ended and will never return.” His remarks were made at a graduation ceremony for a counterterrorism force.
The Libyan Prime Minister pledged to thwart any attempts that “sow discord and destabilise the security of the nation and its people.” These statements were publicised through the official government Facebook account.
Libya has faced escalating political, economic, and security turmoil since the toppling of the late dictator Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. The country witnessed a struggle for power among various factions, further aggravating its instability.
The North African nation also suffers from a fragmented governance system, with two separate governments claiming legitimacy. In the East, there is a government assigned by the Parliament and led by designated Prime Minister Osama Hammad.
Meanwhile, in the West, the government led by Abdelhamid Dbaiba was established based on United Nations (UN)-brokered political agreements. This government, based in Tripoli, refused to relinquish power except through legitimate elections.
With Dbaiba’s strong statement on the cessation of hostilities, Libya may be entering a new chapter in its intricate political scenario. Whether this brings lasting peace is a matter that remains to be seen.
Libya has been embroiled in conflicts and civil wars for years, particularly after the overthrow of Moammar Gaddafi in 2011. The North African nation has been deeply divided, with rival factions, militias, and foreign powers vying for control. The situation has resulted in economic struggles, deteriorating public services, and considerable loss of life.
The nation has had multiple governments claiming legitimacy. On one side, you have a government recognised by the international community and supported by the UN, based in Tripoli, the capital of Libya. On the other side, there is a rival government based in the eastern city of Tobruk, which enjoys the support of various international actors and regional states.