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Frequently Asked Questions

What is happening in Libya?

Libya today is split in two rival camps. In the West, the Tripoli-based, UN-back Government of National Accord (GNA) led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj; in the East, Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar’s Libyan National Army (LNA) and the Tobruk-based House of Representatives (HoR). Since April 4th, 2019 the two sides have been fighting for control of the capital Tripoli.

Why are there two governments in Libya?

The HoR was controversially elected in 2014, challenging the legitimacy of the Tripoli-based General National Congress (GNC), which was established after Operation Odyssey Dawn (the international military operation led by the US to enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1973 in Libya). Due to controversy about constitutional amendments the HoR refused to take office from the GNC in Tripoli. Instead, they established their parliament in Tobruk.

Who is Field Marshal Khalifa Haftar?

Field Marshal Khalifa Belqasim Haftar (born c. 1943) is a Libyan-American military officer and the head of the LNA, which, under Haftar's leadership, replaced nine elected municipal councils by military administrators, and as of April 2019, was engaged in armed conflict with forces loyal to the GNA in an attempt to conquer Tripoli.

What is the Libyan National Army (LNA)? Who supports it?

The Libyan National Army is a political faction in Libya and was formerly the country's national military, consisting of a ground force and air force. It was established by the Libyan government following the collapse of the Gaddafi regime in 2011, as Libya's previous national army was defeated by the military intervention by NATO. In 2014, the LNA became its own political faction when Haftar launched “Operation Dignity”, a military coup against the Islamist-dominated GNC in Tripoli. Most of the Libyan military sided with Haftar. The LNA was the military of Libya until late 2015, when the internationally recognised GNA was established in Tripoli, and established its own Libyan Army.

What is the Government of National Accord (GNA)? Who supports it?

The GNA is an interim government for Libya, currently led by Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, that was formed under the terms of the Libyan Political Agreement, a United Nations-led initiative, signed on 17 December 2015. The agreement was unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council, which welcomed the formation of a Presidency Council for Libya and recognized the GNA as the sole legitimate executive authority in Libya.

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