FRANCE 24 English published this video item, entitled “Libya, 10 years on: Can the war-torn country finally turn the page?” – below is their description.
Ten years on from the Libyan revolution and the power vacuum that ensued, Libya is often described as a failed state. Yet there are cautious hopes that a new unity government can help turn the page on years of civil war. A UN-brokered ceasefire between the two main warring sides was agreed in October and the interim government is set to hold elections at the end of this year. We discuss Libya’s difficult path to peace with Wolfram Lacher, senior associate at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and the author of “Libya’s Fragmentation”.FRANCE 24 English YouTube Channel
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Libya, officially the State of Libya, is a country in the Maghreb region in North Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, Egypt to the east, Sudan to the southeast, Chad to the south, Niger to the southwest, Algeria to the west, and Tunisia to the northwest.
The sovereign state is made of three historical regions: Tripolitania, Fezzan and Cyrenaica. The largest city and capital, Tripoli, is located in western Libya and contains over three million of Libya’s seven million people. The second-largest city is Benghazi, which is located in eastern Libya.
Libya became independent as a kingdom in 1951. A military coup in 1969 overthrew King Idris I. Parts of Libya are currently split between rival Tobruk and Tripoli-based governments, as well as various tribal and Islamist militias.
Libya is a member of the United Nations (since 1955), the Non-Aligned Movement, the Arab League, the OIC and OPEC. The country’s official religion is Islam, with 96.6% of the Libyan population being Sunni Muslims.
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