New authority expected to restore political stability in Libya on 10th uprising anniversary: analysts
As the 10th anniversary of the Libyan uprising that toppled late leader Muammar Gaddafi's regime approaches, Libyan analysts believe the war-torn country is facing a real chance for restoring political stability, especially with the recent creation of a new executive authority.
"As the Libyans celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Feb. 17 revolution, there is an ideal variable that coincided with this anniversary, which is the political success that was recently achieved in Geneva by choosing a new government," Imad Jalloul, a Libyan political analyst, told Xinhua.
"It will bring the Libyans together and give them stability for the first time in many years," he said.
He urged Libyans to support the new government, and help it hold the general elections. "This will certainly not be easy, given the problems and the legacy of difficult issues that the new government will face from Day One," Jalloul added.
On Friday, Libyan parties voted for a new prime minister and a new presidency council, with the support of the United Nations, following months of talks that aimed to end the country's protracted war.
The new authority will prepare for the general elections scheduled to be held in December, as agreed upon recently by the Libyan Political Dialogue Forum (LPDF).
Despite the recent progress in Libya, there are still challenges and difficulties ahead for the efforts to restore stability in the country, analysts said.
The fate of the armed groups, their dismantling and reintegration remain suspended. Also, the fate of the unification of the country's national army has not been resolved yet, they pointed out.
Miloud Al-Hajj, a Libyan law professor, believes that for 10 years, the revolution has not achieved its goals.
"The country witnessed political chaos and continuous struggle for power, along with the deterioration of the security situation and the expansion of terrorism over the past few years," Al-Hajj told Xinhua.
"However, with all these difficulties, everyone should stand together and see the revolution as a motive for stability by supporting the new political authority that will lead the country, in accordance with the road map, to holding elections for the first time since 2014," Al-Hajj said.
Al-Hajj believed that there is "a great opportunity for political stability" in Libya, calling on all Libyans to support reconciliation.
"The revolution should be exploited to gather and listen to the Libyans rather than to reject them and divide them into supporters and opponents. Any new government will face failure as long as the revolution's controversy continues among the Libyans," Al-Hajj added.
Nearly three months ago, the LPDF members agreed to hold general elections in the country on Dec. 24, 2021.
In October 2020, Libyan parties signed a permanent cease-fire agreement that ended the armed conflict between the eastern-based army and the UN-backed government based in the capital Tripoli, which lasted for more than a year.
Iman Jalal, a Libyan university professor, said that Libyans need to understand the reality created by the revolution 10 years ago.
"Everyone knows that the four individuals (selected for the new executive authority) are from the revolution's creation and came through voting. Therefore, the same option must be supported, which might bring the stability and tranquility that Libya needs, at least until the next general elections," she told Xinhua.
"The opportunity for Libya's stability is now available and must be exploited, especially with the unprecedented international mobilization and support, because the past 10 years were painful and cruel and perhaps today a new political phase begins that will push us toward the desired stability," Jalal added.