Absence of leader in Libyan events could lead to civil war
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 28 / Trend A.Tagiyeva /
Head of the Egyptian Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies (ACPSS) Yousri Ezbawi believes unlike the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt, where was a definite leader, the Libyan developments lack a leader, which would eventually lead to a civil war.
"The main problem in the Libyan developments is the lack of a certain leader," Ezbawi told Trend over the telephone from Cairo.
Protest actions in the Libyan provinces demanding Gaddafi's resignation and all senior officials have been continuing since Feb. 15. The country's authorities suppressed the demonstration. During the suppression of mass demonstrations in the Libyan city of Benghazi, 560 people were killed, while more than 4,000 people were injured. Officially, authorities confirm the death of only 84 persons.
The impetus for the demonstrations in Libya was the development in the neighboring Arab countries. Demonstrations and rallies led to a power change in Egypt and Tunisia.
On Feb.27, the rebels in Libya have announced that they have chosen Libya's former Justice Minister Mustafa Mohamed Abdel-Jalil as their leader. Abdel-Jalil resigned from his post at early days of demonstrations in protest against the violence used against demonstrators.
Ezbawi said the country will face a civil war following Gaddafi's fall, as a lot of candidates will appear for the presidency of the country.
"Because of the absence of a certain leader chaos will arose, and then followed by a civil war," he said.
Ezbawi believes for Libya, as a country whose population still adheres to the tribal kinship system, will be much harder to choose a single leader and head of state.
Ezbavi said that another disadvantage of the lack of leadership is that it creates a fertile ground for intervention of other countriesin Libya.
"The U.S. and West will use this situation as an opportunity to achieve their goals in the region," he stressed.