Europe Can’t Ignore Libya

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Publication Date August 2021
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In February 2021, the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF), a group of Libyans selected by the UN, agreed to form a provisional unity government to ferry the country to elections in December. The LPDF selected Abdul Hamid Dbeibah, a businessman, as prime minister. Dbeibah has close connections to Turkey, but his government included representatives from across the country and was also acceptable to all factions. In March there was a peaceful transfer of power from Libya’s rival governments to the GNU, with Libya’s parliament voting to approve the new government. The creation of the GNU presents Europeans with an opportunity to work together to stabilise Libya. If they don’t, the country could easily return to conflict. This would further destabilise the wider Sahel region, making life easier for terrorists and smugglers.

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CER Bulletin: No.137, Apr./May 2021: Can Europe Stabilise the Sahel?

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