Libya Unity Government Faces Huge Challenges

The Presidency Council that heads Libya’s nascent unity government has re-located to a Tripoli naval base. But so far it has failed to secure backing from rival administrations in Tripoli and Tobruk. Hopes of oil ouput revival are receding into the distance.

In a week when US president Barack Obama described the failure to properly prepare for the 2011 ousting of Libyan leader Colonel Mu’ammar al-Qadhafi as the greatest error of his presidency, the new Western-backed government in Tripoli faces huge challenges if it is to establish its legitimacy in the conflict-torn country.

Asked in an interview on US television channel Fox News on 11 April what he considered to be his “worst mistake,” Mr Obama replied: “probably failing to plan for the day after…in intervening in Libya.”

In the five years since the Western intervention, the political and security situation has been nothing short of chaos. But planning for the day after is a luxury that peace brokers have been ill able to afford. (CONTINUED - 1390 WORDS)