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Vol 59 No 7

Published 6th April 2018


Doubts about unity deal

Elections are planned to fill the power vacuum, but they will have to overcome the poisonous faction-fighting

General Khalifa Haftar's forces control the east, but have not marched on Tripoli and show little sign of doing so. Government of National Accord (GNA) Prime Minister and Presidency Council (PC) head Faiez el Serraj has shown unexpected resilience in hanging on to power – and international support – in Tripoli, but is not established as a credible national leader. Islamic State (IS or Da'ish) or Al Qaida affiliates are quiescent but they control criminal networks and are by no means out of the picture.

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