News / Africa

Libya's NTC Faces Immediate, Long-Term Challenges

People flash victory signs as they gather at Martyrs Square after Friday prayers in Tripoli, September 2, 2011
People flash victory signs as they gather at Martyrs Square after Friday prayers in Tripoli, September 2, 2011

Multimedia

Elizabeth Arrott

A week after declaring it had moved to Tripoli, Libya's National Transitional Council has yet to establish a firm footing in the capital. It looks like it will be a long road ahead for the provisional authorities.

The burst of enthusiasm after Tripoli fell to the rebels helps to explain the overly optimistic announcement that provisional authorities had set up shop in the capital. But the reality is proving more daunting.

In the short term, NTC forces must rout the last of Moammar Gadhafi's troops. Officials who are in Tripoli struggle to provide regular running water and electricity. And they need to disarm militias.

Tripoli representative Al Amin Belhaj said the NTC's six months in opposition have been a guide.

"We have learned and learned experience from the eastern side, in Benghazi, where the police and the security people left their jobs, and we had a problem to bring them back. No, no, no, in Tripoli we will not do that. They are a major part of rebuilding the security in Tripoli," said Belhaj.

Not everyone in Tripoli is confident that bringing Gadhafi loyalists into the fold will be easy.

Yusef Mohammed, a civil engineer in the city, said, "This will take some time, before they return their mentality because no education, nothing. I mean, even in the TV [there were] five or six channels all that he's talking about is killing and how to treat people badly."

The NTC has said from the beginning it wants a united Libya, and despite some internal divisions, has received at least initial support from other factions.

Saleh Wali ran an opposition cell in the capital independent of the NTC. He said he is happy to follow NTC orders.

"We are all agree that Mustafa Abdel Jalil, he's our new president and really we like him. Nice person, good person. He and Mr. Mohamed Jabril. Really, really, I feel that, all the people, they love them," said Wali.

Equally important, the NTC leaders have friends abroad. Billions of dollars have been pledged in aid and unfrozen Libyan assets. But outside help could come at a cost, as Gadhafi loyalists accuse the NTC of selling out to foreigners interested only in Libya's oil wealth.

Optimism remains, though. Salem el-Maiar, a member of Britain's Society for Libyan Studies, is hopeful the NTC is on the right track.

"It’s been quite a burdensome and quite a heavy inheritance that we had. Forty-two years is an extremely long time and it can not be changed overnight. Obviously, we need at least a good decade to get things back to normal in terms of politics, economical, social and all aspects of life in Libya," said el-Maiar.

But with the current problems of the transitional government, time may not be an ally.

You May Like

Philippines, Muslim Rebels Try to Salvage Peace Pact

Peace process faces major setback after botched military operation to find terrorists results in bloody gunbattle between government forces, Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters More

Republicans Expect Long, Expensive Presidential Battle

Political strategist says eventual winner will be one who can put together strongest coalition of various conservative groups that make up Republican Party More

Video New Wheelchair Is Easier to Use, Increases Mobility

Engineers have come up with a lever-operated design that makes use of easily accessible bicycle technology More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grievingi
X
Benno Muchler
March 26, 2015 3:41 PM
Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Liberia's Almost Last Ebola Patient Grateful but Still Grieving

Beatrice Yardolo was to make history as Liberia’s last Ebola patient. Liberians recently started counting down 42 days, the period that has to go by without a single new infection until the World Health Organization can declare a country Ebola-free. That countdown stopped on March 20 when there was another new case of Ebola, making Yardolo’s story a reminder that Ebola is far from over. Benno Muchler reports from Monrovia.
Video

Video Cambodian Land Grabs Threaten Traditional Communities

Indigenous communities in Cambodia's Ratanakiri province say the government’s economic land concession policy is taking away their land and traditional way of life, making many fear that their identity will soon be lost. Local authorities, though, have denied this is the case. VOA's Say Mony went to investigate and filed this report, narrated by Colin Lovett.
Video

Video US, South Korea Conduct Joint Military Exercises

The Eighth U.S. Army Division and the Eighth Republic of Korea Mechanized Infantry Division put on a well orchestrated show of force for the media this week during their joint military training exercises in South Korea. VOA’s Seoul correspondent Brian Padden was there and reports the soldiers were well disciplined both in conducting a complex live fire exercise and in staying on message with the press.
Video

Video Space Program Status Disappoints 'Last Man on the Moon'

One of the films that drew big crowds last week at the annual South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, tells the story of the last human being to stand on the moon, U.S. astronaut Eugene Cernan. It has been 42 years since Cernan returned from the moon and he laments that no one else has gone there since. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports.
Video

Video Young Filmmakers Shine Spotlight on Giving Back

A group of student filmmakers from across the United States joined President Barack Obama at the White House this month for the second annual White House Student Film Festival. Fifteen short films were officially selected from more than 1,500 entries by students aged 6 through 18. The filmmakers and their families then joined the president and a group of celebrities for a screening of their films. VOA’s Julie Taboh reports.
Video

Video VOA Exclusive: Interview with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, during his first visit as president to Washington, gave a one-on-one interview with VOA Afghan Service reporter Said Suleiman Ashna, about his request for a change in U.S. troop levels, the threat from the Islamic State, and repairing relations with the United States and Pakistan. The interview was held at Blair House, late Sunday, in Pashto.
Video

Video California Science Center Tells Story of Dead Sea Scrolls

The ancient manuscripts were uncovered in the mid-20th century, and they are still yielding clues about life and religious beliefs in ancient Israel. As VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports, an exhibit in Los Angeles shows how modern science is bringing the history of these ancient documents to life.
Video

Video Angelina Jolie Takes Another Bold Step

Hollywood actress and filmmaker Angelina Jolie has revealed she had her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed to lower her odds of getting cancer. Doctors say the huge publicity over her decision will help raise awareness about the importance of cancer screening. VOA’s George Putic has more

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More