Tag Archives | Federalism

3 Reasons why Partitioning Libya is a Bad Idea

By Mustafa Fetouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. In their final communique at the end of their two-day meeting in Italy on April 10, the foreign ministers of the Group of Seven yet again expressed their unequivocal support of […]

Continued Obstacles to a Deal in Libya

By Mohamed Eljarh, Nonresident Fellow with the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East. This article was originally published on the Atlantic Council’s MENASource blog on October 26, 2015, and is republished by Libya Business News with permission. The UN Special Envoy for Libya Bernardino Leon announced his final proposals for Libya’s national […]

Federalism and Decentralization in Libya’s Constitutional Proposals

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Libya Business News. Followers of Iraqi politics in the post-2003 period and the ongoing debate about federalism […]

Is Decentralisation the Way Forward?

Following the declarations of autonomy by two of Libya's three regions, Cyrenaica and Fezzan, some voices have come out in support of the idea of a more federal or devolved administration in the country. In a collection of essays titled The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadafi Future, edited by Jason Pack, […]

Cyrenaica Forms New Oil Firm

In a challenge to the central government in Tripoli, the self-declared Cyrenaica government has announced that it has formed its own oil company. The region's "prime minister", Abd-Rabbo al-Barassi, told Reuters: "We have formed a firm called Libya Oil and Gas Corp ... We will wait for a response from Tripoli and Fezzan and hope […]

Does Federalism Have a Future?

By Padraig O'Hannelly. Is federalism a force to be reckoned with in Libya, or just a distraction from the real work of establishing state control and agreeing a constitution? Last week the Southern region of Fezzan declared itself an autonomous federal province, just as Cyrenaica in the East had done previously. While tribal identity is […]

Fezzan Region 'Declares Autonomy'

The Fezzan region in the south-west has reportedly declared itself an autonomous federal province, according to an Al Arabiya reporter. Nouri Mohammad al-Qouizi has been named as president according to reports in Libyan media. Much of the area is desert with very porous borders through which smugglers and radical Islamists pass with ease. The tribal […]

Federalism is unlikely in Libya, however, decentralization is probable

“Eastern Libya declares autonomy.” In spite of international headlines such as this one, talk of the country’s impending disintegration is misleading. Although the participants at the March 6 Barqa Conference (Barqa is the Arabic name for Cyrenaica, or the region of northeastern Libya) claimed the right to speak for their region, the initiative for self-administration […]