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Vol 54 No 23

Published 15th November 2013


Little leadership and less oil

Ali Zeidan has kept his grip on the premiership but financial pressures, oil blockades and secession threats in the east and south are crowding in

The recent failure of the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Justice and Construction Party (JCP) and its allies to remove Prime Minister Ali Zeidan – whether via a vote of the General National Congress or by engineering a coup – has resulted in political stalemate. While its loosely defined mandate runs until next February, the GNC is already incapable, undermined and divided. The government is still dependent on militias but hopes that that could change when new troops trained in the West become available. The JCP has 17 seats on the 80-seat assembly but is supported by 13 independents.

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