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Libya’s rulers will need cajoling and heavy popular pressure before they do what is needed to set up an authoritative central government

Mounting problems of security, economics and social development will hustle democratic Libya’s feeble central government and half-formed state institutions into action on several fronts in 2013. However, this will not happen until popular frustration with the status quo forces the current crop of inexperienced ministers and other politicians to act. As last year, the region around Benghazi, Cyrenaica, is most likely to produce an upset that will test both the resolve and ability of the General National Congress and the interim government to keep the democratic transition on track.

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Mohamed Magarief, Militia challenge, Gadaffi, United States, Christopher Stevens, Moammar el Gadaffi, Sharia, thuwwar