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Capital: TripoliGovernment: Provisional Government

Chairman of the Presidential Council: Fayez al-Sarraj


  • 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: 6,890,535 (2020)

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)

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


  • Arabic (official)
  • Italian
  • English



  • Mon - Feb 22, 2021: Interior Minister Escapes Attack on Convoy - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [DW] The assailants opened fire on Fathi Bashagha's convoy as it drove through western Tripoli after he visited the National Oil Corporation and the headquarters of the Interior Ministry's law enforcement force.
  • Fri - Feb 19, 2021: Sisi - Current Stage Requires Rallying Efforts of All Libyans - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [Egypt Online] President Abdel Fattah El Sisi reiterated on Thursday 18/2/2021 Egypt's continued support of the Libyan people, saying the current stage requires rallying efforts of all honest Libyans to re-arrange priorities, start immediate moves for restoration of security and stability then carrying out development and service projects.
  • Wed - Feb 17, 2021: Can New Interim Government Break the Impasse? - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [Chatham House] Libya's new Government of National Unity (GNU) faces big administrative hurdles and a limited mandate.
  • Tue - Feb 16, 2021: Gambians Stranded in Libya Call for Help - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [The Point] The Gambian Association in Libya, an umbrella body of all Gambians in the troubled north African country has called on the Gambia government to appoint a liaison officer as hundreds of her citizens continue to face terrible challenges.
  • Mon - Feb 15, 2021: Country Clutches At New Hope 10 Years After Its Revolution - AllAfrica News: Libya
    [DW] The country has been split since a revolution unseated dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011. But a truce has held, and hopes are high for a new unity government.