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Libya needs strong government.

Libya faces serious security issues as anti-Gaddafi militias refuse to lay down their arms in order to seek tribal or factional advantage. The government has failed to get a grip on the country, at one stage even losing control of Tripoli Airport to a local militia. The country needs a new governing authority with a more secure mandate. That is why it is good news that Libya goes to the polls in three weeks to vote a new General National Congress, which will take over from the present National Transitional Council.

The new elected Congress will replace the 72-member National Transitional Council which was hastily assembled in early 2011 and has been headed by Mustafa Abdul Jalil. The National Transitional Council has had an important role, overseeing the government headed by Prime Minister Abdul Rahim Al Keeb.

One of the first decisions the General National Congress will have to make is whether to implement the vote of no-confidence that the National Transitional Council had passed in late April when 65 of the 72 members voted to sack Al Keeb's government for incompetence.

Libya has a vast opportunity, with substantial oil revenues able to fund its government and build a new country. But the authorities have to get control of their country and end uncertainties over security issues. This will help ensure the flow of investment to the country and the nation will start to flourish.

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Publication:Gulf News (United Arab Emirates)
Date:Jun 18, 2012
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