Al Jazeera English

A decade after NATO’s intervention in the Libyan civil war, the country is still struggling from years of chaos complicated by foreign involvement. But a newly sworn-in unity government – the first in seven years – is giving Libya an opportunity to rebuild its institutions and unify the country.

Libya’s interim government faces major hurdles as it prepares to hold presidential and parliamentary elections in December. Although fighting ended last summer and a ceasefire was formalised in October, an estimated 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries remain in the country.

For years, Libya was controlled by two competing governments, each backed by different foreign nations that provided military support to warring factions despite an arms embargo. In this episode of The Stream, we’ll discuss what needs to be done for Libya to heal from conflict and instability.



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