Libya’s Fraught Future


Robert Perito goes in-depth on one of Libya's most serious problems:

The principal security challenge facing Libya today is the thuwar, the revolutionary fighters that defended their communities and then joined together to defeat Qaddafi’s forces and liberate Tripoli. In the wake of their victory, the thuwar were regarded as heroes by a grateful populous. Nearly a year on, gratitude has been replaced by growing impatience as the thuwar have remained in the capital, occupied ‘turf’ and refused to surrender their arms.

Isobel Coleman hopes problems like these don't delay the upcoming elections:

A potential delay adds to the likelihood that ongoing civil unrest will continue to foment. Moreover, risk-averse companies will continue to sit on the sidelines of Libya’s economy until a government is formed. Already, talk of delay has Libyans grumbling about a possible power grab by the NTC, whose legitimacy as a governing body is declining by the day.

(Photo: Libyan security personnel secure the perimeter as Interim Libyan Justice Minister Ali Hamiada Ashour (not in picture) visits the newly built al-Hadba prison and special tribunal facility on May 26, 2012, in Tripoli. The prison which has room for 100 VIP political prisoners, will host trials for pro-Moamer Kadhafi high profile personalities. By Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/GettyImages.)