The specter of a third Libyan civil war haunts the suburbs of Tripoli

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On May 16, 2022, during the previous skirmish in Tripoli, Fathi Bashagha, former interior minister, had given up his desire to sit in the capital. He had taken up residence with his parallel government in Sirte. On July 22, the fighting left sixteen dead and fifty wounded.

The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) said on Tuesday, August 23, 2022, “deeply concerned” by this threat. He called for an “immediate de-escalation” and recalled that the political problems of this country “cannot be solved by armed confrontation”. Last July, the UN Security Council expressed concern about the “volatility of the security situation”.

In the words of Abdelhamid Dbeibeh, Thursday, August 25, 2022, maintaining his government “is the only way to put pressure on all parties to submit to the elections, otherwise they will continue to conclude extension agreements “.

A presidential election, the first in Libya’s history, was scheduled for December 24, 2021, but was later postponed to January 24, 2022, but never took place. Yet it remains the key to resolving the Libyan problem, a decade after the dismissal and assassination of Muammar Gaddafi followed by two fratricidal civil wars.

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