22 May '12, 9am

LIBYA: Work In Progress - Strategy Page: LIBYA: Work In ProgressStrategy PageThere is no real central government...

May 22, 2012: The NTC (National Transitional Council) is national in name only. There is no real central government in Libya, and many parts of the country are not ruled at all, but in chaos because of disputes between local militias. The militias were often formed by traditional tribal leaders, or just some local guy who was charismatic enough to organize his own little army during last year's rebellion. Getting these gunmen to disarm has proved difficult, but not impossible. The required negotiations take weeks or months and the NTC has not got enough qualified negotiators to speed up the process. Meanwhile most Libyans want their Kaddafi-era welfare state back, but bigger and better. Kaddafi held power for so long, despite his bizarre behavior and mismanagement, by spending over half the oil income on a shabby, but effective, welfare state. Anyone who misbehaved had the...

Full article: http://www.strategypage.com/qnd/libya/articles/20120522.aspx

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