Libya: The outlook for the government of national unity

This panel discusses the formation of the ‘Government of National Unity’ (GNU) and its proposed agenda ahead of planned elections in December 2021.

Research event
4 March 2021 — 1:00PM TO 2:00PM

On 5 February, the UN-convened Libyan Political Dialogue Forum selected a new ‘Government of National Unity’ (GNU) to see the country through to planned elections at the end of this year.

Ostensibly, the selection of the GNU presents the opportunity to end Libya’s bifurcated system of government, where multiple governments and parallel institutions have existed since a governance split in 2014.

However, the GNU faces challenges to be confirmed as the new government, raising the spectre of 2016, where the current Government of National Accord (GNA) failed to break through the governance divide.

This panel looks back at the process that created the GNU, assesses the prospects for its success and explores the policy areas it must prioritise in its proposed nine-month tenure ahead of elections in December. 

This webinar is part of the MENA Programme’s Online Events Series and will be livestreamed on the MENA Programme Facebook page.


Hala Bugaighis, Co-founder, Jusoor Center for Studies and Development, Libya

Fadel Lameen, Chair, Libyan Economic Development Board

Elham Saudi, Co-Founder and Director, Lawyers for Justice in Libya

Moderator: Tim Eaton, Senior Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House

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