Groundhog Day? Parallel Authorities and the Political Roller Coaster in Libya

    This policy outlook examines the latest political crisis in Libya, analysing how the collapse of the electoral process led to a legitimacy crisis which has been the main feature of Libyan politics and the transitional process since Libya’s long-time dictator Muammar Gaddafi was toppled in 2011.

    Elections scheduled for last December were postponed; consequently, political manoeuvring has increased among rival parties and leaders across Libya’s fragmented political sphere. As a result, political uncertainty once again has become the norm even though many Libyans hoped that the planned elections could end the deadlock and reunify the Libyan people to bring stability and prosperity. As a result, Libya entered another period of profound political crisis.

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