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Call for election boycott in Libya’s turbulent east

A self-proclaimed autonomous council for Libya’s oil-producing eastern province has called on people in the region to boycott an election scheduled for next month, saying it will not give adequate representation to the east. The election, for a special national assembly that will draw up a new constitution, is a crucial milestone in shaping the […]

Libya’s oil could leave the country on a slippery slope

Libya historically was divided into three parts: Tripolitania in the west, Barca (Cyrenaica) in the east and Fezzan in the south. But now, with attempts to declare Barca a federal region, a cursory look would suggest old divisions have resurfaced, with oil playing a new and crucial role. About 3,000 people gathered in Benghazi last […]

Federalism is unlikely in Libya, however, decentralization is probable

“Eastern Libya declares autonomy.” In spite of international headlines such as this one, talk of the country’s impending disintegration is misleading. Although the participants at the March 6 Barqa Conference (Barqa is the Arabic name for Cyrenaica, or the region of northeastern Libya) claimed the right to speak for their region, the initiative for self-administration […]

Libya prepares more oil autonomy for its east

Plans to grant more autonomy to Libya’s oil rich east were laid out this week at the nation’s first oil and gas summit held in Rome after months of unease among international oil companies over the uncertainty. A new system in place will devolve power to subsidiary firms previously controlled by the state’s National Oil […]

Thousands rally in Libya against autonomy for east

Thousands of people protested in Libya’s two biggest cities on Friday in a show of opposition to moves from some in the oil-producing east to declare autonomy from central rule. A group of civic leaders in the eastern city of Benghazi this week said they would run their own affairs, defying the government in Tripoli […]