What's New about the New Libya?

Despite Libya's adoption of a controversial 'political exclusion law', the militias are intensifying their campaign against the government by surrounding, and in some cases attacking, more government ministries and agencies.

Libyans must ask themselves to what extent the new Libya should look like the old. Will citizens be able to freely elect their representatives, even if those representatives were associated in some way with the Ghaddafi administration? Or would excluding those with the wrong pedigree actually replicate the practices and culture of the old regime?

It would be ironic if this attempt to replace the old guard were to lead to the same climate of fear and cronyism that so many Libyans have grown to hate.

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