The Debate – Can Libya move on? New plan to end ten years of fighting

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Can Libya move on? On the tenth anniversary of the uprising that would lead to Gaddafi’s march on Benghazi and the French and UK-led intervention that would signal his downfall, the ensuing decade has been laden with tales of factional fighting, rival governments, proxy wars and migrant tragedies.

Now, a new UN plan raises hopes that Libya can reunify. Already there is agreement on an interim leadership, a common currency and the reopening of oil pipelines. What will it take to reach the goal of elections by the end of the year and a disarmament that never happened?

Some are nostalgic for Gaddafi’s Libya, which was never a state like any other; kept together by an elaborate patronage system rather than a state apparatus. Others blame the current chaos precisely on that system and on Western powers available to help topple a dictator but without much of a plan for what would follow. Ten years on, can a young, urbanised population take its own destiny in hand?

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Produced by Alessandro Xenos, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.