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Libya named a new national unity government on Tuesday — a small but important step toward ending the nation's bloody, multi-party civil war. Looming over the ordeal is the specter of the Islamic State, which is expanding a mini-state in Sirte.
These negotiations are the international community's attempt to retain Libya as some sort of viable state. Meanwhile, a power vacuum has allowed people-smugglers and Islamist militants to gain an edge in the chaos.
In the years since Qaddafi's fall, Libya has been torn apart by political instability, militia violence, and Islamist extremist groups.
As armed militias and corrupt politicians operate unchecked in Libya, opportunism is eliminating any hope of opportunity.
Libya's interim cabinet said on Tuesday that it would quit and go home, a claim quickly countered by the country's embattled parliament.
Demonstrators frustrated with Libya's government attacked the General National Congress in Tripoli on Sunday night.