Libya Update

Libya is caught between a military strongman Khalifa Haftar who sells himself as the only one who can drive out terrorists, and a United Nations backed government under Prime Minister Fayez al-Serraj, whose attempts to hold a national vote have, so far, only entrenched divisions. On Sunday Forces backing Libya’s internationally recognised government fought house-to-house battles with troops loyal to commander Haftar in Southern parts of the capital Tripoli and appeared to be gaining ground.

To help us with the discussion we are now joined on the line by:

• Professor Bhekithemba Mngomezulu, is with the Political Sciences Department at the University of the Western Cape

• Ebrahim Dean is a Researcher at the Afro Middle East Centre