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By Claire Calzonetti and Samuel Burke
Two years after the fall of Moammar Gadhafi, Libya's shaky democracy is teetering.
For days now, gangs of armed men have surrounded key ministries, trying to force out members of the democratically-elected government.
Libyan Justice Minister Salah Marghani has been forced to evacuate his own ministry, because it has been surrounded for a week by armed militias.
“The country is going through a terrible fear,” Marghani told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Tuesday. “But I assure you that the situation is under control and the government will not yield.”
Marghani reaffirmed that the government will not respond with violence.
“This situation is a standoff – a struggle between growing the right way and maybe falling back to the area of dictatorship,” Marghani said.
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On the surface, the standoff is about the militias demanding that Gadhafi-era officials be banned from government. Legislators just caved, agreeing to pass a law that could purge a third of Congress, including long-time opposition leaders like current parliament speaker, and former president, Mohamed Magarief, who held an ambassador post during the Gadhafi regime.
This chaos demonstrates Libya's ongoing struggle still to rein in militia groups that continue to menace the country and has created a vacuum for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
The huge amount of weaponry left over in the country is providing groups with different motivations to form their own militias, according to the minister.
“I think [with the] passage of time, with some patience, with more of a firm stand by the government, the situation can be resolved,” Marghani told Amanpour.
There are ever-more reports, including from Libya’s own intelligence services, that the country is increasingly militant and is becoming a safe area for al Qaeda to regroup and regenerate itself.
Marghani believes the government can turn the situation around if it creates jobs for Libyans and ensures that a democratic process prevails. The gap between Marghani’s hopes and the reality in Libya appear to be growing.
“Believe me, the Libyan people did revolt against this tyranny and they will not accept another tyranny under any banner,” Marghani said.
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The rest of the world shld stay out of it and let the libyans sort it out themselves. I am sure we all got better things to do
Western Media seem to disseminate a narrative about the Arab spring as a defined conflict
between extremists vs a majority of democratic Muslims wanting to rid their politics of religious influence. This is both very naive and entirely distorted. The vast majority of Arabs have no clue about democracy let alone a genuine wish to implement it – democracy is not something you implement overnight, it takes generations to instill a proper democracy in the minds of the people and having an extensive knowledge about Libya, it's going to take years for these people to be house trained – I believe the word is civilized. Once you start scratching in the democratic phrases – the flocking and lapidations are never far away. Recently, an official from the Tunesian government suggested Amina, the feminist be flocked for showing her breasts...
The Libyans refuse to understand globalization ,when i say LIBYANS here i mean those extremists who came from jihadist missions of Afghanistan ,i call those jihadists "strangers" cause their thinking is different from all Libyans people ,,true Libyans who are the majority understand civilization &globalization as a new push or trial to answer questions that have old replies "islamic replies" ,,that is a trial to revive &renew those old answers,,the jihadists,salafists, brotherhood refuse to accept the people,s point of view ,,and another worse dictatorship era is coming nearer,,,this calamity will not engulf or contain only the Libyans but a lot of other parts in the world
i would like to say that how much headache this people make for my country Libya , i don't know how the biggest country like USA can not do any thing to arrested on who killed the embosser of USA . this leads there is no one in this whole world can do any thing to Alqida in Libya , so thanks Obama to bring A LQAUIDA TO MY COUNTRY .
A flourishing democracy in Lybia, Iraq, Egypt, Saudia Arabia, Qatar and soon in Syria. Bravo and kudos to West including USA! West and Israel feel more secured now with Al Qaeda in action in the neighborhood. Total failure of the west.
THANKS TO THE LIKES OF UK, USA AND ISRAHELL, LYBIA HAS CHANGED FOR WORSE. AND IT WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
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Of course it will fall apart if you remove a dictator, look at Iraq...
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