Be Careful What You Wish For

The Political Isolation Law, passed by Congress on 5th May, could have far-reaching consequences. According to some estimates, as many as half a million people could lose their jobs if they are found to have been too closely associated with the Ghaddafi regime.

Prime Minister Ali Zeidan has said that the law will necessitate a cabinet re-shuffle, and will delay the implementation of development projects throughout Libya. This could cost the country dearly.

For the moment at least, Zeidan can take some small comfort from the fact that the sieges of government ministries have ended; on the other hand, what was beginning to look like a coup d’état has been seen off by pro-government protestors, while the state's security forces could only look on.

Despite the unrest, the closing of more embassies, and BP's withdrawal of foreign staff from the country, we are seeing some increased activity in oil-related tenders, which we will publish here over the coming days.


One Response to Be Careful What You Wish For

  1. Tarek Alwan 14th May 2013 at 4:16 pm #

    As a Libyan national I fully support such a law. It's needed to purify the new Libya from any opportunist who worked for former regime and now wanted to be a part.

    I don't believe that there are 500.000 affected people, even if there are such a number then why the rest which 5.5 million did not take part of work for that regime.

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