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Vol 53 No 3

Published 3rd February 2012


Libya

Waiting for government

Credible institutions remain a distant prospect as the NTC, militias and others compete for authority

Three months have passed since liberation was officially declared but no functioning government is in sight or even on the horizon. The oil sector is the only operational administration. Elections for a constitutional assembly – even in June – appear unrealistic. There is no up-to-date census, let alone electoral register, and voting procedures are not fixed. A census could take three months at least. After that, the assembly should write the new constitution and give a new executive democratic legitimacy. Until then, the National Transitional Council, led by former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abdel Jalil, is still in charge, although its authority is constantly under strong challenge amid accusations of failing to provide vision and leadership.

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