Libya

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INFORMATION

Capital: Tripoli

Government: Provisional Government

Economy:

  • Depends primarily upon revenue from hydrocarbons, which contributes to about 95% of export earnings, 65% of GDP, and 80% of government revenue.
  • Substantial revenue from the energy sector coupled with a small population give Libya one of the highest per capita GDPs in Africa.

Population: 6.4 million (UN 2011)

Land Size: 1.77 million sq km (685,524 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Berber and Arab: 97%
  • Other: 3% (includes Greeks, Maltese, Italians, Egyptians, Pakistanis, Turks, Indians, and Tunisians)
Religions:

  • Sunni Muslim (official): 97%
  • Other: 3%

Language(s):

  • Arabic (official)
  • Italian
  • English

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: Dance With the Devil - Europe Finances Libyan Militias to Curb Migration - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [African Arguments] By empowering Libyan warlords and constraining rescue missions, migrant numbers to Italy have halved. But at what cost?
  • Fri - Aug 18, 2017: 136 Migrants From Griyana Prisons Return - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [Foroyaa] 136 migrants from Griyana prisons in Libya, have been returned to the Gambia through the assistance of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).
  • Thu - Aug 17, 2017: 'War Crimes' - ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Army Commander - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [Deutsche Welle] From ordering executions to shooting vulnerable prisoners, a Libyan commander has been accused of committing war crimes. The ICC has urged authorities to detain to determine his culpability in several summary executions.
  • Wed - Aug 16, 2017: Videos Capture Summary Executions - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [HRW] Beirut -Forces loyal to the Libyan National Army (LNA) in eastern Libya appear to have executed captured fighters in Benghazi and desecrated corpses, Human Rights Watch said today. Video recordings posted online since January 2017 seem to show LNA fighters carrying out seven distinct unlawful executions of "extremists."
  • Wed - Aug 16, 2017: Letter to the Commander of the Libyan National Army - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [HRW] General Khalifa Hiftar