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Barak Barfi

ANTALYA – The recent coup attempt in Libya, led by General Khalifa Hiftar, has finally pierced the illusion that the country’s dysfunctional central government, whose power is limited to the capital, Tripoli, can rule effectively. But determining how to bring peace and stability to Libya’s deeply fragmented society will require more than an assessment of this government’s mistakes; it will demand careful consideration of former leader Colonel Muammar el-Qaddafi’s failures – and his successes.

Hiftar believes that the key to solving Libya’s myriad crises lies in establishing a strong national army capable of subduing the Islamists who are destabilizing the country. Others continue to advocate for national reconciliation. But neither solution addresses what is really driving events in Libya: the legacy of Qaddafism.

African lawyers must strike a balance between the interests of their clients and that of society, especially with regards to the illegal outflows of money from the continent – says South Africa’s former President Thabo Mbeki who heads the Economic

Commission for Africa-African Union High-level Panel (HLP) on Illicit Financial Outflows from Africa. Mr Mbeki’s remarks came at the start of the Triennial General Assembly of the Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

A country’s ability to take care of its needy people speaks volumes about its well being than mere numbers 

Mahlet Fasil & Kalkidan Yibeltal  

A pensioner for 23 years, Getahun Assefa, 83, of the former Imperial Guard, recalls nostalgically the days when it was possible to get by with his meager retirement benefit of less than US$20 (342 birr), small as it was. But the soaring cost of living in the past couple of years has made it almost impossible to make his ends met. Trying to lead a family of four (his wife and three children) with his retirement money means Getahun’s life is marked by a struggle for survival on a daily base. If he is to lead a somewhat dignified life, the government needs to “increase my pay”, he told Addis Standard.