[ View the story "Libya's Power Struggle" on Storify] Libya's Power Struggle Is the country sliding further into lawlessness?
The Stream· Mon, Oct 14 2013 11:28:49
of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan by armed men, sheds light on the current state of Libya. The country is facing a variety of rebellions especially in
the oil-rich east
, where protesters closed oil terminals, and in Benghazi, where a council has been set up to run local affairs.
In a statement to his cabinet after his release, Zeidan said "I am still walking my way, and will not bow":
رئيس الحكومة المؤقتة أنا مازلت سائر فى طريقي ولن أنحنيlibyagov government
This image from the abduction was circulated on social media:
الصور الاولية للقبض على رئيس الوزراء الليبي على زيدان الخالالحوار السياسي الليبي Libyan Political Dialogue
Armed groups like the Operations Room of Libya's Revolutionaries took to Facebook and claimed responsibility for the kidnapping. Below is a statement posted on the
Supreme Council for Libya Rebels
Facebook page, confirming that Zeidan is in the rebels' custody and in good health.
وكالة الخبر إلقاء القبص على رئيس الوزراء السيد " علي زيدان " بعد صدور أمر قبض علية من قبل لجنة مكافحة الجريمة ، لإتهامة بـ أربــع تهم وفق قانون الجنايات الليبي فجر الخميس على تمام الساعه... الرابعه صباحاً من محل إقامته ، و هـو الآن لـــــدى لجنة مكافحة الجريمة ، و شاركت قوة تابعه لـ غرفة ثوار ليبيا في عملية القبض لـ دعم و إسناد لجنة مكافحة الجريمة . كما أكد أحد عناصر لجنة مكافحة الجريمة ، المشارك في عملية القبض على رئيس الوزراء " علي زيـــــدان " ، بـ أنه بـ خير و بـ صحة جيدة ، و سمح له أجـــراء أتصال هاتفي مع عائلتة و مع رئاسة الوزراء إيضاً .See Moreالمجلس الأعلى لثوار ليبيا
Netizens reacted to the kidnapping and subsequent release.
“@ArmenGeorgian: @MalmstromEU Libya can't stop its own prime minister being kidnapped”what a joke! fund an army mr.ZeidanAhmed
It's obvious this Zeidan drama was just started to make people forget about his bribery case and all the kidnapping stuff. And it's working.أrوa
The image below shows Zeidan in a "Cloak for adults":
Many reacted to Zeidan's later
that the kidnapping was an attempted coup and that members of Congress were carrying out a
#Zeidan's message today is defiant against the groups that are trying to unseat him at any cost without following legal processes. #LibyaMohamed Eljarh
It's time to kick some butt #Libya style! Go #Zeidankristi كريستي
Some were suspicious of the circumstances around his kidnapping.
I need to ask the obvious, if PM Zeidan was freed by force and not released, why haven't any of the perpetrators been arrested ? #LibyaRami EL OBEIDI
Ok, I'm just putting this out there but what if Zeidan's whole kidnapping then release was all part to gain support for himself? #Libyaيوسف الفاخري
Room of Libya's Revolutionaries later
earlier reports that it was responsible for the Prime Minister's kidnapping
: Translation: The Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries deny any connection with the disappearance of Prime Minister Ali Zeidan despite what was conveyed and published in the media about the responsibility of Operations Room of Libya’s Revolutionaries and they will be prosecuted through legal means for not disclosing their sources through audio, video, or writing. It is not part of the ethics or process of the Operations Room to work in this way. The law is the main process for any work it does and its mission is insurance and not carrying out such acts.
Statement of operations room Libya rebels which denies any connection to the disappearance of Prime Minister Ali ZaidanSupreme Council for Libya rebels
However, the incident
growing lawlessness in Libya, where security is largely provided by independent armed groups with varying degrees of connection to the government.
Adding to the conflict, the Barqa Youth Movement just
the eastern area of Libya to be an autonomous province. It is supported by Al-Saddiq al-Ghaithi, a former member of the Libyan defense ministry that was also in charge of securing oil fields. This Al Jazeera piece describes declining oil production in Libya due to increased protests and unrest in the area:
تراجع إنتاج النفط في بعض الحقول الليبيةaljazeerachannel
in several sections of Libya are seen as the products of the revolution as warring factions accuse each other of committing atrocities. This image highlights the locations and affiliations of many tribes during the revolution:
This political instability has resulted in little progress towards drafting Libya's new
. Our community shared their views on the situation:
@AJStream how will libya draft a constitution when its a jungle of clans out there trying to do each other iniˡᶤᶬᶤᵗᵉᵈᵉᵈᶤᵗᶤᵒᶰ®
@AJStream hw do u expct a new constitution wen Libya is in a chaotic situation!U need a stable polity to draft a constitution,Libya lacks itTaha
The community also discussed what the abduction meant for the state of affairs in Libya:
@AJStream The exact definition of a failed state! Infact Somali land lkooks more secure than Libya today.Umar
@ajstream That there's still so much unrest and another civil war may take place!chika j.o ikwuetoghu
@AJStream The country has being broken up and different militia groups control different areas the oil and gas are now control by the westjason bell
@AJStream Its worse than what it was under Ghadaffi. Very lawless and a haven for international terrorist organisation with arms everywhere.Izukanne Akosa
@AJStream I think it's too soon to tell, considering the state Libya was in after the dictatorship. We haven't even finished healing yet.Nada Elfeituri
Some offered their solutions to the current situation:
@AJStream The government now is transitional. Also, it's perimeters are temporary. It can't really move on until it completes its mandate.live
@AJStream I think libya cannot get out of this phase without help of other main countries and nations like arabic countries and USAmohammed alsalik